New York AG says “Trump will not dominate New York” because she threatens to prosecute military deployment
New York State’s highest prosecutor threatens to sue President Trump if he responds to his threat to use the U.S. military to quell domestic protests caused by the police-implicated murder of George Floyd.
“The President of the United States is not a dictator and President Trump dominates and will not dominate the state of New York,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Monday.
“In fact, the President has no right to unilaterally deploy the U.S. military in U.S. states.”
Trump pledged to demand military action against violent protests overnight in the United States on Monday, saying he sent thousands of troops into the streets of the capital and threatened to deploy soldiers to states that could not control regain.
He previously called on governors to “dominate the streets” and crack down on protesters.
But AG James said, “We respect and will respect the right to peaceful protest, and my office will review any federal action to protect our state’s rights.
“Rest assured, we will not hesitate to go to court to protect our constitutional rights during this period and well into the future.”
Letitia James, New York’s Attorney General, has threatened to sue President Trump (right) for keeping his promise to send the military to U.S. cities to file protests
“The President of the United States is not a dictator and President Trump dominates and will not dominate the state of New York,” said James in a statement Monday
The dramatic escalation came a week after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who had been tied with a knee in the neck by a police officer – leading to the worst civil unrest in decades in New York, Los Angeles and dozens of other American cities.
After being criticized for being silent about the worsening crisis, Trump made a boom in a nationwide White House speech when police fired tear gas at protesters outside.
“I am sending thousands upon thousands of heavily armed soldiers, servicemen, and law enforcement officers to stop the riots, looting, vandalism, attacks, and willful destruction of property,” he said.
He denounced the previous night’s unrest in Washington as a “total disgrace” and called on governors to act swiftly and forcefully to “dominate the streets.”
Thousands of protesters hold a thirty-minute silent vigil Monday for the Black Lives Matter movement at McCarren Park in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the lives and property of its residents, I will deploy the U.S. military and resolve the problem for them quickly,” he said, “committing domestic terrorist acts. denounced ‘. . ‘
Following his speech, protesters outside the White House were cleared with tear gas and rubber bullets, allowing the President to walk across the street to the two-century-old St Johns Church, struck by graffiti and partially damaged by fire during Sunday turmoil.
“We have a great country,” Trump said, standing in front of the boarded up windows of the church, raising a Bible, and posing for photos.
The response was quick.
President Trump declared himself the “law and order president” in a harsh speech to protesters
President Trump walked from the White House to St. John’s Church to raise a Bible for a photo
President Trump visited St. John’s Church, which was damaged in protests on Sunday evening
President Trump left the White House, surrounded by cabinet officials, assistants and security
President Trump walks in front of a graffiti-filled wall on his way to St. John’s Episcopal Church
Police fired tear gas at protesters in front of St. John’s Church to free them for the president’s photo
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Attorney General Bill Barr, Jared Kushner, White House Senior Adviser, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany accompanied Trump for his walk to St. John’s Church
President Trump addressed the nation at the White House Rose Garden before walking to St. John’s
“What the president did today was to call the United States military against American citizens,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter.
“He used the military to protest peacefully so he could take a picture in a church. It’s all just a reality TV show for this president. ‘
Thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations against police brutality and racism across the country since the assassination of Floyd.
It was the most common unrest in the United States since 1968, when cities went up in flames over the murder of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Many of the demonstrations were peaceful and marked by cathartic moments, such as officers embracing tearful protesters and marching or kneeling next to them.
Others have seen furious clashes between protesters and police. A person was shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky.
Floyd’s agonizing death was caught in a bystander cell phone video, showing police officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee for almost nine minutes as the 46-year-old begged for his life with the terrifying words, “I can’t breathe!”
“The evidence equates to mechanical suffocation as the cause of death and murder as the cause of death,” Aleccia Wilson, an expert at the University of Michigan who examined his body at the family’s request, told a news conference.
An initial finding, cited in a criminal complaint, pointed to pre-existing circumstances, which outraged the family.
Shortly after the independent report, the Hennepin County medical examiner published his official autopsy calling his death a murder caused by “neck compression,” although he also said he was drunk and pointed to heart disease.
A memorial to Floyd will take place in Minneapolis on Thursday for a service in North Carolina and a funeral on June 9 in Houston, where he grew up, family lawyer Ben Crump said.
President Donald Trump walks between riot police lines in Lafayette Park opposite the White House after walking to St. John’s Church for a photo opportunity
Military vehicles with National Guard personnel drive along West Executive Drive in the White House complex on Monday afternoons
Protesters are gassed as police disperse them near the White House
Police take protesters out of Lafayette Park with the White House in the background
US Secret Service uniformed division officers face protesters in front of the White House
Police are beginning to make clear to protesters protesting the death of George Floyd
Attorney General William Barr, center, stands in Lafayette Park before officials began clearing protesters before Trump walked to St. John’s Church
Protesters hold their arms in front of a row of police officers while they are sprayed with tear gas
Police are clearing the area in front of St. John’s Church prior to Trump’s visit
President Trump puts his fist in the air as he returns to the White House
Ivanka Trump returns to the White House with President Trump after the President visited St. John’s Church
A demonstrator is arrested at the White House
Floyd, 46, was accused of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit note.
The autopsy revived demands for the arrest of three other police officers wary of Chauvin while Floyd was dying.
“We are tired of oppression,” said Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old African-American woman during a peaceful demonstration in the Minnesota state capital of St. Paul.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and will face trial on June 8.
More than 40 cities have imposed a curfew, including New York, after consecutive nights of tension, including looting and discarding parked cars.
In the posh SoHo district, Elliot Kurland, owner of the photo shop Leica, said his entire shop had been cleared out. He estimated his loss at $ 1 million.
“I was about to come here at three in the morning. My brother warned me, “Don’t go down there. You’re being killed, “he said.
Louisville, home of Muhammad Ali and Kentucky Fried Chicken, has seen particularly passionate protests following the March murder of an African-American woman, Breonna Taylor, in her own apartment.
Trump spent most of the weekend in the White House tweeting attacks against political rivals and the media.
In a conference call with governors who quickly leaked to the media on Monday, Trump told state leaders that they would “look like a bunch of bastards” if they were too soft.
Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzker, has heard that he was “extremely concerned” with the President’s “inflammatory” rhetoric.
Probably Trump’s Democratic opponent in the November election, Joe Biden met black leaders at a church at his home in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday, and promised to form a police commission in his first 100 days as president.