US President Donald Trump said on Saturday (local time) that the death of African American George Floyd was a "grave tragedy", although protests continue to rage in the United States.
"George Floyd's death on the streets of Minneapolis was a serious tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans across the country with horror, anger, and sadness," Trump said at a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Minneapolis Florida .
He said his government would always stand up to violence, chaos and disorder.
"We will stand together with George Floyd's family, the peaceful demonstrators, and any law-abiding citizen who wants decency, courtesy, security, and security," added Trump.
The US president said his government supports the right to peaceful demonstrators.
The U.S. government has initiated a civil rights investigation into Floyd's death and has asked the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to speed it up.
Trump previously said that 80 percent of the demonstrators who devastated the city of Minneapolis last night and protested Floyd's death came from other countries.
"80 percent of the rioters in Minneapolis were from abroad last night. They harm companies (especially small African-American companies), homes and the community of good, hardworking Minneapolis residents who want peace, equality and care for families," Trump tweeted.
He said that if the unrest persisted, the federal government would step in and "do what needs to be done".
Unrest broke out in Minneapolis and other U.S. cities on Tuesday after Floyd died after being arrested by the four officers.
A viral video shows a policeman, Derek Chauvin, who holds 46-year-old Floyd on the ground with his knee and neck for almost eight minutes. Floyd died shortly afterwards in a local hospital.
The four police officers were released. According to Mike Freeman, Hennepin's district attorney, Chauvin has also been charged with murder and manslaughter.