President of the United States Donald Trump recently threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act in the country.
Why did Trump Threaten To Invoke The Act?
President Trump made a statement on Monday which said “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”
He was referring to invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807.
He made this statement in regards to the protests and riots that are being carried out in the United States. This is due to the death of George Floyd. George Floyd was an African-American man who was dead due to police brutality. He was arrested in Minneapolis by white police officers. One of the officers forced his knee on George’s neck putting him on the ground. A couple of videos surfaced the Internet where it is clearly seen that George is crying for help saying he could not breathe and him calling out for his mother.
After this, a series of events followed which includes the burning of a Minneapolis precinct, protests, riots, looting across the nation and the world. This is causing a lot of damage to public property as well as human lives and that is the reason Trump threatened to invoke the Act.
Insurrection Act, 1807
The Insurrection Act allows the deployment of land and naval forces across the nation when there is an insurrection, i.e during natural disasters and terrorist attacks. It also states that a state need not ask for the military presence and that it will be mandated anyways.
The Act was signed in the year 1807 by then-President Thomas Jefferson.
When Was The Act Invoked Previously?
The first time the Insurrection Act was put into force was in 1968 when the nation was in outrage due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The last time it was used was in 1992 in Los Angeles, when 4 officers who beat up Rodney King, was acquitted which let to massive outrages. The incident was captured in the video.