President Donald Trump on Wednesday addressed the death of a Minneapolis black man who died after he was restrained by a white police officer, telling reporters he planned to receive a “full report” on the incident that he described as a “very sad event.”
During a tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the president was scheduled to watch the historic SpaceX rocket launch before it was postponed due to inclement weather, Trump was asked whether the four officers involved in the incident should be prosecuted.
“We’re going to look at it and we’re going to get a report tomorrow when we get back. And we’re going to get a very full report,” Trump said in his first public comments about Floyd’s death. “But a very sad day.”
George Floyd, 46, died Monday evening, shortly after video footage showed him handcuffed, gasping for air and saying “I can’t breathe,” as a white officer knelt on his neck. The video, taken by a bystander, circulated online and prompted protests in Minneapolis Tuesday.
The Minneapolis Police Department fired four officers involved in the incident while the FBI and state law enforcement said they were investigating the death. Thousands of protesters demanding justice for Floyd gathered at the intersection where Floyd was restrained Tuesday. The protests started peacefully, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, but tensions escalated as the group reached a police precinct.