Because of the way the city is governed?
The Mayor has no control of what the President in the name of the Federal government does…
The Mayor only has Disticts Police Department reporting to her and has seen Federal law Enforcement , National Guard and Active Military troops on her streets….
Defense Sec Esper has been whiplashed by his own General’s who want NO part of the protests and President that wants to flex politically and has jumped the chain of command to get his wishes….
Esper is now trying again to get his active duty troops out of the city with Donald Trump on his case…
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she’s ending a curfew for residents protesting police brutality and that she wants National Guard troops from other states to leave.
Bowser announced the end of four nights of curfew at a press conference following two nights of relative peace despite thousands defying her earlier curfews to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
The mayor said that she wants thousands of National Guard members from other states to return home as order is restored. Bowser said local authorities never requested guardsmen from elsewhere and are studying the legality of their deployment.
“We want troops from out of state out of Washington, DC,” Bowser said.
The local DC National Guard was deployed on Saturday to help protect the White House after initial skirmishes on Friday between Secret Service and protesters.
After street battles between protesters and police, along with arson and looting, federal officials accepted contributions of guardsmen from many states.
Hundreds of officers from federal agencies are also on the streets, including from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosive, the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Prisons….
Defense Sec Esper’s second try to get his troops out of the nation’s capital…
Several hundred active-duty U.S. troops on standby to deal with protests in the Washington, D.C., area will redeploy back home on Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s orders, two defense officials told Foreign Policy, coming just one day after the Pentagon chief reversed a decision to send the unit home.
The Pentagon made the decision to send elements of the 82nd Airborne Division home to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, about a week after they were deployed to Washington, and the units had never been called into the city itself. While between 500 to 700 troops leave, some elements of the unit will remain in the greater Washington area on the Virginia side of the river, one of the officials told Foreign Policy.
But today’s move comes as Esper, who told reporters on Wednesday that he did not support invoking the Insurrection Act to quell protests, finds himself increasingly at odds with the president and other administration officials over the military response to demonstrations sweeping the United States in the week since an African American man was asphyxiated in police custody. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pointedly did not endorse the Pentagon chief’s job performance at a briefing on Wednesday, and she said it was President Donald Trump’s “decision alone” to invoke the Insurrection Act.
Meanwhile, there are now 4,500 National Guard troops deployed in the nation’s capital as the presence of U.S. reservists in there surged in recent days, with more than 3,000 troops coming from other states. Yet Thursday’s decision could still stoke tensions between Trump and Esper, as the White House has warned of looting in the D.C. area and erected fences around Lafayette Square after both men earned public derision for walking through the area for a photo-op after U.S. Park Police forcibly cleared nearby protesters….
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