Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis at Trump's request

by Bryan Brammer · May 30th, 2020 10:28 am

As civil unrest escalates across dozens of American cities over the death of George Floyd, the Pentagon has ordered the U.S. Army, at President Trump's request, to put active-duty military police units on alert to deploy to Minneapolis.

The get-ready orders were delivered Friday, after President Trump had a phone conversation with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, National Security Adviser Robert O' Brien, and several other government officials, asking for military options to squelch the Minneapolis protests that have descended to looting, vandalism, and arson.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been instructed to be prepared to deploy within four hours if necessary, according to sources directly associated with the orders.

The military police units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act of 1807, last used in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King trial.

Units from Fort Drum are scheduled to head to Minneapolis first. Approximately 800 U.S. soldiers would be deployed if the city requests aid.

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