Protesters Kneel With Cops, Detain Looters as Donald Trump Threatens Military Action in Burning Cities

As protests about the death of George Floyd continue for another day, there are yet more reports of violence, looting, and clashes with police across the states, rounding off a week of unrest that has shaken American society.

Police have made thousands of arrests as people gather to vent their frustration about racial injustice. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while Minneapolis police officers restrained him last Monday.

A video of the final few moments of Floyd's life, which helped trigger the outraged protests, shows Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for several minutes while the 46-year-old cried out "I can't breathe."

Since then, some of the protests that erupted in U.S. cities have turned violent, with looting and arson in the worst-hit areas, leading to condemnation by many, including the majority of protesters who wish to express their anger peacefully.

Yet amid the disorder and unrest, there are many peaceful protests and acts of compassion and unity taking place. In some areas, officers and local sheriffs joined in with the protests calling for an end of police brutality and demanding justice for Floyd.

In New Jersey, Camden Police Chief Joseph Wysocki was seen helping carry a banner with the words: "Standing in solidarity." In Flint, Michigan, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson joined protesters over the weekend.

"We want to be with y'all for real so I took the helmet off and laid the batons down," Swanson told the crowd in a video which has since gone viral. "I want to make this a parade, not a protest."

Officers from several police forces have also been seen taking a knee in solidarity with the protests, a movement started by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to protest against police violence affecting black people.

Protesters just told police on bullhorn if officers took a knee they would go home. Officers took a knee. Protesters came up to cops and shook their hands, hugged them. Remarkable.

— ScottGordonNBC5 (@ScottGordonNBC5) June 2, 2020

People have also been coming together to stop those looting and vandalizing their communities amid reports that some of those acting violently in cities such as Minneapolis and Boston had traveled from elsewhere to cause destruction.

In Santa Monica, California, protesters tried to stop looters breaking into an REI store located at the Third Street Promenade, Fox 11 reported.

Several demonstrators also joined a human barricade outside a Target in Brooklyn, New York, to stop looters entering the store over the weekend.

Some protestors in Brooklyn calling to loot the Target, but organizers are rushing in front of the store to stop them, keep things non-violent #nycprotest

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) May 31, 2020

In Florida, the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez praised the actions of two individuals who helped stop a group of people trying to break into a CVS drugstore.

In Washington D.C., a video that has been viewed more than 11 million times on Twitter shows a group of people detaining a man who was destroying a sidewalk in Washington D.C. before handing him over to police.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones also posted a video on Instagram of him confiscating a can of spray paint from a protester in Albuquerque, New Mexico, while condemning his actions.

"Is this s**t even about George Floyd anymore?!?" Jones wrote in a caption for the video. "As a young black man trust me I'm frustrated as well but this is not the way, we are starting to make a bad situation worse."

People have also united to show support for their local communities and each other after the demonstrations have ended.

Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best praised those who volunteered to clean up the streets following a night of unrest in the city which resulted in dozens of arrests and vehicles set on fire.

"I'm totally inspired. It's totally gratifying and so wonderful and heartening to see all of these people out here," Best told King 5. "I'm really hopeful that calmer heads will prevail today and they won't come into our beautiful city and make it look like this."

In Dallas, locals flocked to a burger restaurant owned by local black resident Wes Williams after he said his windows had been smashed but he was determined to stay open and serve customers.

"I couldn't get mad that my glass got broken, because I understood exactly why it happened," Williams told Dallas News.

A long line of people was seen outside the BurgerIm store from people showing their support for the business.

"Your network is your net worth. You do good business, you put out good energy towards people, and they're going to bring it back," Williams added.

In Florida, a glass company has offered free repair for businesses that have had their buildings vandalized during riots.

"I just wanted to give back to the community. The community has been good to us for 29 years and I thought it was my turn to give back," Greg Harris, president of Ashe Glass & Mirror, told WFLA.

President Donald Trump has criticized governors for not having "total domination" over the unrest in their cities. He threatened to send in the military to disperse the protesters, prompting criticism by some governors.

"If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump said.

Officers of the Columbus Police Department take a knee and join in a reciting of 'The Lord's Prayer' with protesters as they march up North High Street following a 'die-in' at the Ohio Statehouse on June 1, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Protesters gathered in downtown Columbus to protest the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and the citywide curfew.