Pentagon puts US military police on alert for Minneapolis protest duty

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Washington: As unrest unfold throughout dozens of American cities on Friday over the death of George Floyd, the Pentagon ordered the US Army to prepared its active-duty military police to deploy to Minneapolis. Roughly 800 US troopers would deploy to town if known as to town, AP reported.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in north Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be able to deploy inside 4 hours if known as, mentioned a CNBC report. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been advised to be prepared inside 24 hours.

The get-ready orders had been despatched verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump requested Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military choices to assist quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some elements of town.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump mentioned demonstrators protesting the demise of the black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck would have been “greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons” had they breached the White House fence.

In a sequence of Twitter posts, Trump additionally appeared to name his supporters to rally exterior the chief mansion on Saturday night, saying, “TONIGHT, I UNDERSTAND IS MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???” MAGA stands for Trump`s slogan “Make America Great Again.”

The demise on Monday in Minneapolis of George Floyd has sparked demonstrations, a few of them violent, in lots of cities throughout the nation, together with one in Washington on May 29. The White House was briefly locked down as tons of of individuals gathered within the afternoon throughout the road in Lafayette Square.

After marching away, demonstrators assembled once more later and movies confirmed pushing-and-shoving matches between officers and protesters, who dispersed early Saturday morning.

Trump praised the US Secret Service officers who guard the White House as “very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn`t have felt more safe.”

“Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons,” he mentioned. “Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action.”

Trump accused Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser of refusing to ship police to assist the U.S. Secret Service, though the Washington Post reported that metropolis officers did assist management the later gathering.

The mayor`s workplace and the D.C. police didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

On Friday, Trump drew a warning from Twitter and condemnation from Democrats after posting a remark that “looting leads to shooting,” suggesting protesters who turned to looting may very well be fired upon.

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