(Tea Party 247) – The Pentagon may soon send Army military police units into the city of Minneapolis to cope with the chaotic riots which have erupted as a result of the killing of George Floyd.
Soldiers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Drum, New York have been ordered to be on the ready for deployment within four hours if called, three people with direct knowledge of the orders told Breitbart.
Soldiers in Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Riley, Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.
The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.
Trump made the request on a phone call from the Oval Office on Thursday night that included Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien and several others. The president asked Esper for rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to one of the people, senior Pentagon official who was on the call.
”When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak.” the official said.
The person said the military units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial.
“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest,” Brad Moss, a Washington D.C.-based attorney, who specializes in national security.
Members of the police units were on a 30-minute recall alert early Saturday, meaning they would have to return to their bases inside that time limit in preparation for deployment to Minneapolis inside of four hours. Units at Fort Drum are slated to head to Minneapolis first, according to the three people, including two Defense Department officials. Roughly 800 U.S. soldiers would deploy to the city if called.
Breitbart’s sources wished to rename unnamed so that they did not face backlash.
Earlier this week, protests quickly turned violent in Minneapolis and later in several other major US cities in response to a viral video of police officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee on the back of the suspect’s head.
Floyd later died of his injuries while Chauvin was fired, and later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
On Thursday, protests turned violent as rioters set fire to the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct where Floyd was arrested.
On Friday, Mayor Jacob Frey (D) ordered a citywide curfew at 8 pm.
We don’t need to remind you that the city, as well as the nation, is in the midst of a national emergency.