President Donald Trump has charged the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to expedite their investigation into the death of George Floyd.
Floyd recently died in the custody of Minneapolis police, and his death has sparked a series of protests and clashes with police.
Floyd was unarmed when he was arrested, and an eye-witness video shows an officer pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee. One of the onlookers told the officer that Floyd couldn’t breathe.
Now, the President demands justice:
At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd.
I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!
Why It’s Important:
While the FBI was already looking into the incident, Trump clearly wants them to move more quickly. And the DOJ should be involved as well.
The four officers involved in the incident have been fired. But a ramped-up FBI/DOJ investigation represents another big step.
Prior to Trump’s tweet, four Minnesota Democrats wrote a letter to authorities, asking for federal, state and county investigations.
Perhaps one could argue that Trump’s tweet was in direct response to that letter. But it’s important to note that the Floyd tragedy has prompted mass outrage and calls for action.
Trump called it “a very sad event” and despite his support for law enforcement, it’s clear the President wants proper justice in this case.
However, it’s feasible that the incident will only increase racial tensions across the country. And it’s likely that law enforcement will be forced to answer some very difficult questions.
But hopefully, per Trump’s urging, the ongoing investigations will ultimately bring resolution to the case.
- President Trump has called on the FBI and DOJ to “expedite” their investigation into the George Floyd incident.
- The President expressed his feelings, saying his “heart goes out to George’s family and friends.”
- The event will likely result in more discussions involving authorities and racism.
Source: The Hill