President Donald Trump, during his remarks at the Rose Garden, said that the US military will get deployed onto US streets if state and city leaders cannot get ensure the safety of their citizens. All Presidents are granted this ability through the Insurrection Act.
This announcement comes on the heels of several dozen riots across the United States after the death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd died while in the custody of Minneapolis police under still-mysterious circumstances.
What Is The Insurrection Act?
The power to mobilize the United States Military onto US soil does exist but is rarely used. The Insurrection Act of 1807 allows the current sitting President to use the US Military on American soil to control civil disorder, insurrection, or rebellion.
Invoking the act is the last resort. Leaders of every town, city, county, and state have the responsibility to protect their constituents long before the Federal Government.
Most leaders do not have a problem with protecting their citizens and/or allowing them to protect themselves. But, some leaders do have an issue with security.
Unreliable Local Leadership
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a well-known cop-hater. Every chance he gets, he throws them under the bus. And the police hate him for it. Even de Blasio’s own daughter got arrested for involving herself in recent NYC riots. NYPD physically turned their back on de Blasio during at least one funeral of a fellow officer. The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York are constant critics of the Mayor on Twitter.
A place like New York is prime for military intervention. The citizenry are restricted when it comes to firearms. Police are restricted when it comes to law enforcement. The military operates above Bill de Blasio and can actually get the job done.
The best-case scenario is for all citizens to return to normal life and stop the mindless looting and anarchist behavior. Nobody truly wants the military on US streets. Everyone wants peace. But how can peace be achieved without force amidst chaos?
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READ: The Insurrection Act. What Is The Law Trump Is Threatening To Invoke? : NPR
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