The Associated Press reports:
“There is no right to riot, no right to destroy others’ property, and no right to throw rocks at police. But there is a fundamental — a Constitutional — right to protest, and I’m against clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the Word of God as a political prop,″ said Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.
Sasse, who has at times criticized Trump but won his endorsement for reelection, said public officials nationwide “should be lowering the temperature” over protests and violence following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minnesota.
“Police injustice — like the evil murder of George Floyd — is repugnant and merits peaceful protest aimed at change,″ Sasse said, adding that “riots are abhorrent acts of violence that hurt the innocent.″ Both messages should be heard as Americans work to end violence and injustice, Sasse said.