GOP Sen. Tim Scott calls for the arrest of other officers involved in Floyd death

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) called for the arrest of the three other officers who were involved in the arrest and death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.

“4 days later. Still three arrests to go. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd,” Scott tweeted Saturday.

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday after bystander video emerged showing former officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd down behind a police car with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter Friday.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday that it is likely that the other officers involved in the arrest will face charges.

Scott, the only current black Republican Senator, on Saturday retweeted his post from Tuesday after the officers were fired, saying it was “the right move” and calling for their arrest.

Cities across the country are bracing for a fifth night of protests over Floyd’s death.

Demonstrations against his killing erupted nationwide and became violent as protesters clashed with law enforcement and vandalized public areas. 

Protesters on Thursday night set the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct ablaze.

In Washington, D.C., protests surrounding the White House escalated Friday and Saturday, with the White House going on lockdown briefly Friday night.

Scott on Saturday called for peaceful protests, sharing on Twitter that “violence is not the answer.”

“I know well the anger and frustration felt throughout communities of color right now. But violence is not the answer. Violence takes the focus off #GeorgeFloyd and the real issues at hand, and gives those who prey on division more fuel. Make your voices heard, not bricks and fire,” Scott wrote. 

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