Military deployments to American cities will be risky and dangerous. But state and local governments seem unable to effectively stop the agitators.
Police sirens wailed up and down 8th Avenue in Manhattan, and New York Police Department helicopters hovered overhead Monday night. The rioters, according to my social media feeds, were several blocks away from my home, pillaging a clothing outlet. A family member sent me a photo he took, from his window, of a jewelry store being ransacked, with no cops in sight.
New York City, like so many others across the country, is under siege.
The police here are not in control of the streets. Anyone can turn on the television or open up social media and see rioters chanting profanely, destroying public and private property, or even attacking women shop owners.
A national-level threat
President Donald Trump has realized that these riots have become a national-level threat to the safety and security of the American people. They are kicking at the load-bearing walls of our society. Trump knows it’s time for action.
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With that in mind, on Monday evening he announced in the White House Rose Garden:
“Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets, mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.
“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.”
Trump then walked across Lafayette Square in front of the White House to the graffiti-covered, boarded up St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was attacked by arsonists Sunday night, another sign of the increasing violence.
The riots are not solely in New York and Washington. Across the country, communities are reeling. On Monday night alone:
► Four officers were shot and wounded in St. Louis and one in Las Vegas was critically wounded.
► Fires tore through a looted strip mall in a Los Angeles neighborhood.
► Two people were killed, reportedly by “outside agitators,” during unrest in Illinois.
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