The state has pushed back against the people, as Donald Trump has threatened Antifa, while states enforce curfew as protests reach their sixth consecutive day.
As it stands, curfews are present in twenty American states and the National Guard have been deployed as the authorities start to clamp down on protests entering their sixth evening in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
In Minneapolis, a tanker truck moving at high-speed has ploughed into a highway full of protesters in Minneapolis as demonstrations there and around the US enter their sixth consecutive evening.
Local media showed footage of thousands of people rushing to either side of the highway before the truck came barrelling down the middle of the road.
A crowd of protestors dispersed as a truck was dangerous driving at full speed on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. The driver eventually stopped. pic.twitter.com/8g59EIu84L
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) May 31, 2020
Police have since confirmed that no protesters were hurt, and the driver is now in hospital under police guard. According to the demonstrators, the local police swept the area with tear gas soon thereafter.
Elsewhere, video has emerged showing Atlanta police tasering two individuals attempting to exit a car during a protest. According to the media present, the officers smashed the windows of the car before tasering the pair.
And this is from New York.
A police car plows through the protestors.
CNN reports that NYPD launched an investigation on this incident pic.twitter.com/xiwN4Z8rKn
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) May 31, 2020
In Washington, Donald Trump blamed far-left activists for inciting the violence, and threatened to officially designate Antifa as ‘terrorists’.
There is no domestic terrorism statute and legal authority for the U.S. to designate any domestic organization as a terrorist group, as the Justice Dept.’s domestic terrorism coordinator has said publicly on multiple occasions in recent years. https://t.co/0Jfo5M4cp1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 1, 2020
In a statement, Attorney-General William Barr said the Justice Department is taking aim at “apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.”
The attorney general said that “to identify criminal organizers and instigators,” federal law enforcement officials are utilizing “our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces.”
“Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed,” Barr added. “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
“As this tweet demonstrates, terrorism is an inherently political label, easily abused and misused,” American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi said in response to Trump’s post. “There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns.”