Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced a mandatory nighttime curfew following three straight nights of growing protests and violence in the biggest city in U.S. midwest state of Minnesota over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

Hoffman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had spoken to Walz twice in the past 24 hours and told him the Pentagon was prepared to help if needed.

Also on Friday, Mayor Melvin Carter in the next-door city of St. Paul said that he had signed an order of local emergency that would also impose a curfew starting Friday.

The protesters, who went unchecked Thursday, massed outside the Third Precinct police station, the epicenter of the protests Wednesday, and set it on fire.

Minneapolis has been severely damaged after three nights of protests and riots, with fires burning and businesses looted.

Trump on Saturday said Frey was "probably a very good person, but he's a radical, left mayor". The state's governor could ask Trump to take action or Trump could act on his own authority if he's determined that the local authorities are so overwhelmed that they can't adequately enforce the law, Vladeck said.

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Frey reassured Minneapolis residents and business owners that they would strengthen law and order on Saturday.

"We are strong as hell. Is this a hard time period? yes. and you better be damn sure we're going to get through this".

Officers in Minneapolis are being assisted by the National Guard, first responders and around 200 troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol.

Protests since Monday turned violent and was marred by looting and arson in Minneapolis and in other parts of the US.

Floyd later died at a nearby county hospital. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. Trump made the comments while touring the Kennedy Space Center before SpaceX's planned launch to the International Space Station, which was eventually scrubbed due to fears of a lightning strike.