President Trump called the suspects in the shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies “animals” as he continued a three-day swing through the western states to push his law and order platform.
“Animals that need to be hit hard!” The president tweeted early Sunday morning after a campaign speech in Nevada.
The two lawmakers reportedly clung to their lives after being shot at point-blank range through the window of their patrol car on Saturday in Compton by a lone attacker.
The suspect in the shooting of the two police officers – one a 31-year-old mother and the other a 24-year-old man – is still at large.
Police said the two were “still fighting for their lives.”
Protesters gathered in front of the hospital and blocked the entrance and exit of the emergency department and chanted “we hope they die,” the sheriff’s department said in a tweet.
The statement said the department had warned protesters not to block entrances and exits, saying “people’s lives are at stake when ambulances cannot pass.”
The president killed a message of law and order in the wake of the campaign as protests continued across the country after the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.
Many protesters and members of the Black Lives Matter movement called for racial justice and rejection of police stations.
But some of the protests became violent, and the president called on governors and mayors to quell the unrest and urged them to turn to him for federal aid.
In his campaign, which stalled Saturday, Trump told his supporters that if Joe Biden was elected president in November, “the rebels, the anarchists, would win.”