GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH: DONALD TRUMP SETS TO INVOKE MILITARY RESPONSE
As protests continue over the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, the U.S. President, Donald Trump has said he might deploy the United States military to calm the protest.
Trump gave made this threat during a press briefing on the rising unrest in many U.S. cities, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
In his words, “If a city or State refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
Protests against the killing of George Floyd, police brutality and racism turned violent on Sunday night as protesters clashed with police officers throwing bricks and igniting police cars.
The violent protest soon spread as some protesters began looting shops and damaging properties.
This has forced many cities in the United States to impose curfews.
The decision of the President to deploy the military forces to suppress is under the U.S. law called the Insurrection Act.
The insurrection Act permits the President to deploy the United States Military to avert domestic violence that has hindered the normal enforcement of U.S. law.
The Insurrection Act had been used on many occasions when the State Force could not contain the crisis. The Act was last used in 1992, during a riot that occurred when four Los Angeles corps beat a black motorist, Rodley King to dead.
However, Under the U.S. constituency, called the Posse Comitatus Act, it allows Governors to take charge and maintain order on all domestic violence within State borders which bars the intervention of the United States Military.
But owing to the intensity of unrest caused by the protest, the President is permitted to suppress domestic violence using the U.S. forces.