The Trump administration has already deployed federal troops into Portland, Kansas City, Seattle, soon to Chicago, as the President warns Gov. Cuomo that NYC may be next if Dem leaders there don’t squash the crime wave.
Trump may deploy federal troops to several Democrat-led cities failing to combat crime
Having already deployed troops to Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington and Kansas City, Missouri, the Trump administration is reportedly preparing to send troops to Chicago, Illinois, and is warning that New York City, New York could be next.
The federal government is looking at several Democrat-led cities where leaders are failing to quell protests that are turning violent, as well as crime waves that are spiking, while police departments are being restricted and the public is left helpless.
Violent protests in Portland for 7th night in a row
Federal officers were forced to deploy tear gas, pepper balls and flash bangs on violent protests in Portland overnight in an attempt to dispel the crowds, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reported.
Protests in Portland, Oregon, were anything but peaceful once again, with the Portland Police confirming the violent acts on Twitter in a public safety warning.
“Avoid the area around SW 3rd and SW Main. Portland Police is aware that federal law enforcement have deployed CS gas. Hundreds of people are scattering around the adjacent streets. People are throwing projectiles and are armed with clubs hammers and other weapons. Avoid the area.”
It was the seventh night in a row that officers were forced to deploy teargas, The Hill reported.
Federal troops in Kansas City, Missouri
In addition to Portland, and to troops deployed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in a mission called “Operation Legend,” several federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and US marshals service, have also been deployed to assist local police in Kansas City, Missouri.
Trump expected to send federal forces to Chicago this week
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to deploy 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune reported. An anonymous official who spoke to the Tribune said that agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), may be part of the law enforcement efforts, but would not be involved in immigration or deportation matters.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized the move, voicing that she had great concerns. She said that if Trump wants to help, he could boost the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives resources and fully fund prosecutors.
Trump warns Cuomo to act on NYC crime wave or he will
On Monday, President Donald Trump warned Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action on the spike in violent crime in New York City, or he may deploy federal troops.
“We can’t let this happen to the cities. New York was up 348 percent, the crime wave. So the governor has to do something about it. And if the governor is not going to do something about it, we’ll do something about it,” President Trump told reporters in the oval office on Monday, the New York Post reported.
“But what’s happening in New York…look at what’s going on over there,” Trump continued. “The woman who was shot because she said, ‘Could you please not light off firecrackers?’ And they turned around and shot her eight times and she died. That’s not our civilization, that’s not about us.”
“And then the police are afraid to do anything,” the commander-in-chief added. “I know New York very well, I know the police very well, New York’s Finest, and the fact is, they’re restricted from doing anything, they can’t do anything.”
Numerous mayors co-sign letter objecting to federal troops
A number of mayors cosigned a letter from the Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to Attorney General William Barr objecting to the presence of federal law enforcement in cities, 11Alive reports.
Wheeler tweeted: “Today, Mayors from around the country took a stand against unilateral federal intervention in our cities, calling for immediate removal of the President’s “Rapid Deployment Unit” squads and for a congressional investigation of their unconstitutional terror tactics.”