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Pentagon orders US Army to prepare its military police for Minneapolis protest duty, according to report

Posted On: 30 May 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Pentagon orders US Army to prepare its military police for Minneapolis protest duty, according to report

The Pentagon ordered the Army to ready military police for deployment to Minneapolis amid riots incited by the death of George Floyd, a senior Pentagon official told The Associated Press.
The protests demanding justice for Floyd turned violent on Thursday when rioters set the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct on fire near where Floyd was detained.
A Pentagon spokesman told the AP that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz did not ask for military police to be deployed to Minneapolis.
Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications, reportedly denied the claim.
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The Pentagon ordered the US Army to ready its active-duty military police to deploy to Minneapolis where the death of George Floyd incited protests across the US, The Associated Press reported late Friday night.
Roughly 800 US soldiers would deploy to the city if called to the ready, AP reported.
The orders were sent Friday after President Donald Trump looked to Defense Secretary Mark Esper for...

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