US President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military to in response to ongoing protests across the country, which he has termed “acts of domestic terror”.
Trump warned that if cities or states failed to "defend their residents" he would deploy the army and "quickly solve the problem for them,” adding that police and law enforcement would “dominate the streets”.
His statement came shortly before police officers used flash grenades and tear gas to disperse a crowd so that Trump could pose in front a church, holding a Bible - a move that was swiftly criticised by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
Tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in more than 100 US cities to protest against US police brutality and systemic racism towards the Black community. At least 4,400 people have been arrested by the US police, as video footage from across the country shows further acts of police violence, against protestors and journalists.
Protests began around the world following the murder of George Floyd by US police officers.