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Tensions rise in US cities after police shot; Trump pushes crackdown

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted state governors for not embracing his proposal to send in the US military to quell unrest, hours after five officers were shot and wounded in an escalation of tensions between law enforcement and crowds protesting the killing of a black man in police custody.

Demonstrators smashed windows and looted stores in New York City late on Monday, including luxury retailers on Fifth Avenue, and set fire to a Los Angeles strip mall.

Four officers were shot and wounded in St Louis and one in Las Vegas who was critically wounded, authorities said.

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Trump has threatened to use the military to crack down on the unrest, now in a second week, and has derided local authorities, including US governors, for their response to the violent protests.

“New York was lost to the looters, thugs, radical left, and all others forms of lowlife & scum. The governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces,” tweeted Trump, a Republican, in a reference to New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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