Trump mobilizes U.S. military to disperse riots

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 1st, 2020 8:47 pm

President Trump on Monday said he is mobilizing the military to help break up protests and riots across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Trump apparently invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807, which allows him to deploy troops anywhere in the nation.

"I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop rioting and looting, to end the destruction," Trump said.

The act was last used in 1992 by then-President George H.W. Bush to disperse the L.A. riots. Those riots were sparked by the police beating of Rodney King.

"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," Trump said of the act.

The Insurrection Act allows the use of active-duty or National Guard troops for law enforcement.

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