WASHINGTON, May 31 (KUNA) -- At least 25 cities in 15 states across the US have imposed curfews as protests have intensified after an African-American man George Floyd was killed when he was arrested by police.
National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told CNN Sunday that he does not think there is "systemic racism."
"I think 99.9 percent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans, and many African American, Hispanic, Asian. They're working in the toughest neighborhoods. They've got the hardest jobs to do in this country. And I think they're amazing, great Americans, and they're my heroes," he said.
He added "there are some bad cops that are racist and there are cops that maybe don't have the right training."
Meanwhile, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser told NBC network Sunday that protesters "have the right to exercise their First Amendment right but not to destroy our city," after protests and looting were witnessed in the nation's capital.
She added that the District "saw a level of just destruction and mayhem among some that was maddening."
This comes as the National Guard has also been activated in several states and the District of Columbia whereas many people were arrested for weapons violations as also many police cars and buildings were set on fire and shops were looted.
Furthermore, California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County.
For his part, President Donald Trump tweeted "Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night." (end)