What’s next? US protests continue after the death of George Floyd – BBC Newsnight

published on July 13, 2020

in Tennessee the National Guard put its shields down in order to defuse confrontation and the crowd showed its appreciation the president though has told governor's to talk to me and last night outside the

White House that approach was very much in evidence I think a most striking part to most Americans last night in this morning is that you had what appeared to be those police whomever it may have been really attacked those who were

Peaceful protesters and that's not going over very well with the American people last night art this morning but you got to be very very careful Network militarized this civil unrest and its entire arrest and going on in this

Country and now begin it going around blow because that's not going to make it any better last night the president threatened to use regular troops to deal with disorder if governors wouldn't do it and

Overnight there were signs that the military were preparing to do so and while many Americans express horror at the idea he has in the insurrection Act of 1807 the power to do it there is doing this if the president determines

That there is a need to send federal troops to deal with disorder that is somehow threatening the functioning of federal law or federal rights then she does not need the governor's request and so I think it sounds to me and it would

Be consistent with this president's way of handling things that he is planning on being ready to send federal forces to certain places if he is not happy with the way the state and local governments are handling it

Newark New Jersey became a city of race riots violence looting and hate America's post-war history is littered with examples of a National Guard being used to police disorder in places like Newark where they were sent to quell

Riots in 1967 and killed dozens the bitter memory of it lives on after the acquittal of four policemen for beating Rodney King in 1992 the military was sent into Los Angeles that's the last time a president used the insurrection

Act now the Democratic contender for that office believes de-escalation is key I ask every American I mean this in the bottom I ask every American look at where we are now and think anew is this who we are is this what we want to be is

This we want to pass on to our children and our grandchildren in many cities like New York last night peaceful protests have been exploited by extremists and looters to move in the dangers for those wanting to keep the

Focus on police brutality is clear but just as looters and anarchists perennial e emerged to take advantage so the simple answers of promising police reforms or new tactics have a familiar feel and one of the police chiefs who

Pushed reforms under President Obama now sees little hope for optimism and I've talked to a lot of Chiefs I've talked to a lot of shooters in this country in neighbor outrage they are angry and they're saddened by what happened but we

All know that we all got to begin to do something different in one thing that we clearly got to come back to at the end of all this we got to meet back at the table and we got to sit down but building that trust in building that

Legitimacy which has been horribly horribly now starred is going to be an uphill climb today military police were deployed in Lafayette Square scene of last night's disturbances regular troops now

Protecting the White House inside the military there's unease about getting join have some training and experience in these things but in practice it's very very low on their priorities and they don't do a lot of training or have

A lot of experience of these things and other forces aside from military police have basically no training or experience with these kinds of operations and then very uncomfortable with them the Department of Defense really does not

Like doing these kinds of operations the president's strategy is underwritten by the threat of overwhelming force it's an emphatic argument for the status quo rather than the change that so many have demanded in recent days

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