George Floyd’s family want all four police officers involved in his death arrested by tomorrow. Picture: Picture: AFP/Chandan Khanna
George Floyd’s family want all four police officers involved in his death arrested by tomorrow. Picture: Picture: AFP/Chandan Khanna

'Appalled' US general eviscerates Trump

James Mattis, the high profile general who once served in Donald Trump's Cabinet as his secretary of defence, has condemned the President's response to the mass protests across the US.

In  a scathing statement to The Atlantic, Gen Mattis said he was "angry and appalled".

"The words 'Equal Justice Under Law' are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding," he said.

"We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values."

Gen Mattis appears to have been riled up by the President's threat to use the military to crack down on rioters, and by the authorities' controversial use of force to clear a path for Mr Trump's photo op at a church near the White House two days ago.

"When I joined the military some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstances to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens - much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside," Gen Mattis said.

"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people. Does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us.

"We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership."

He said Mr Trump had "made a mockery" of the Constitution.

His statement came shortly after the news that all four police officers involved in Mr Floyd's death had been charged, and that the officer at the centre of the case would face an upgraded charge of second-degree murder.

Read on for all the latest news in our rolling US coverage.

Originally published as 'Appalled' US general eviscerates Trump


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