(ConservativePeak.com)- The U.S. Department of Defense has taken the rare step to prepare military police units to be deployed in Minneapolis to control the ongoing riots. Unrest and destruction continue to spread across the city, and the rest of the country, as people use the tragic death of George Floyd as an excuse to loot, riot, and burn down buildings.
The Pentagon ordered soldiers from Fort Drum in New York and Fort Bragg of North Carolina to be prepared for deployment within four hours if it is determined that they are needed. President Donald Trump also announced to the press on Saturday that he was willing to deploy the military in cities where the riots become out of control.
Soldiers from Fort Riley in Kansas and Fort Carson in Colorado were also told to prepare for deployment within 24 hours of being requested.
The orders were reportedly sent verbally by officials on Friday, following a request by President Donald Trump to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to prepare the military to help during this time of unrest. President Trump reportedly spoke to Esper in a phone call from the Oval Office late on Thursday, and the call also included National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Several other senior officials from the Pentagon were also on the call.
One unnamed official told the media, “When the White House asks for options, someone opens the drawer and pulls them out so to speak.”
The military units can be deployed to help deescalate the violence under the Insurrection Act of 1807. The two-century-old legislation was previously used in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots that came after the trial of Rodney King.
If the president decides to deploy the military it will undermine the work done by the mayor and local officials. Mayor Jacob Frey ordered a curfew for the entire city of 8 p.m starting Friday, but the curfew was ignored. If local police and officials cannot take control of the city, the president’s decision to deploy the military will give the people of Minneapolis a sense of security but it may also draw criticism from people who argue that looting is a legitimate form of protest.
Celebrities are already coming out to endorse the protests, including the host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah.
Noah argued that looting is legitimate and justified because American police are “looting black bodies.”