President Trump on Wednesday said he asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to expedite an investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police earlier this week.
“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,” Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.
“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!” he added.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Floyd, an unarmed African American man, died Monday in police custody in Minneapolis.
Video captured by onlookers showed Floyd telling the officers that he couldn’t breathe as one of them pinned him on the ground with a knee on top of his neck. The footage quickly sparked outrage as it spread on social media. Protesters crowded the streets following Floyd’s death, leading to clashes with police.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Morgan Chalfant