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George Floyd Memorial Service: Al Sharpton Slams Donald Trump For Using Bible As 'Prop'

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By Clark Sparky

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump's actions during a George Floyd memorial service on Thursday afternoon. While friends, family, and loveds one gathered to remember Floyd's life at North Central University in Minneapolis, Sharpton accused Trump of using the Bible as a "prop" during his photo-op at St. John's church in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

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"I've never seen anyone hold a Bible like that [and] I've been preaching since I was a little boy," Sharpton said. "If he's watching us today, I'd like him to open that Bible and reach Ecclesiastes 3: 'To every season, there is a time.' I'd like him to understand what time it is. We cannot use Bibles as a prop. For those that have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop. Let us stand for what is right."

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Trump's photo-op was proceeded by disturbing violence against protestors on the streets of D.C. Minutes before curfew, a large police force unleashed tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades on a group of peaceful protestors. It happened just as Trump was giving a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House during which he threatened to use military force in cities against its own citizens.

It later became clear that the president wanted the streets forcibly cleared so he could safely walk across the street to the church for his Bible photo-op.

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Trump's own former Secretary of Defense James Mattis was disturbed by the scene and the president's speech. He wrote a scathing piece in The Atlantic in which he said Trump is the first president in his lifetime that is intentionally attempting to divide America instead of uniting people.

The president has yet to use military force outside of D.C., although he continues to refer to himself as "the law and order president."

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There have been 10 days of protests across the country ever since Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers. Former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he was laying face down on the pavement in handcuffs.

Chauvin was originally charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, but that was increased to second degree murder on Wednesday.

Additionally, the three other former police officers who were involved in the incident -- Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane -- were charged with aiding and abetting a murder.

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