Protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody continue across the nation. Peaceful demonstrations were marred by violent looting and rioting, prompting many cities to impose curfews and President Trump to speak out about the situation. Kim Sung-min has the full story. Seven days since the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody, protests over his death have spread across the country, and some areas have seen riots and looting.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will mobilize all available federal resources, civilian and military, to restore order. While at least 23 states have activated the National Guard to quell the unrest, the President still said (quote) "overwhelming law enforcement presence" is necessary until the violence is put down. National Guard has also been deployed in Los Angeles, where the largest Korea Town in the U.S. is located. Around 79 Korean-owned stores nationwide are reported to have been damaged, according to Korea's Foreign Ministry.
"As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property." However, some states, including Illinois, continue to object to Trump's decision to send in the military. Meanwhile, around 40 cities including Atlanta, New York and Washington DC have imposed curfews. Police have been using tear gas and arresting protesters who are breaking the curfew. Over in Washington DC, a U.S. Blackhawk military helicopter was reportedly seen flying below building height to disperse protesters. The mayor of New York City has also extended the city's curfew until Tuesday evening. Kim Sung-min, Arirang News