Revealed: How much it cost for Trump to deploy the National Guard in Washington DC
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Members of the Guard from 12 different states were deployed to the capital, the spokesman told the Daily Beast. Up to $18.2million (£14.5million) went on pay and allowance whilst $2.9 million (£2.3million) went to operations and management. The spokesperson said the aim of the operation was to “to support the DC civil unrest operations.”
William Barr, the US Attorney General confirmed “all the major law-enforcement components” of the Justice Department were involved in the operation “including the FBI, ATF, DEA, Bureau of Prisons, and U.S. Marshals Service.”
This was not even the most it cost to deploy the National Guard.
In California, it cost $25million (£19.9million).
In Minnesota, where the unrest began following the death of George Floyd in police custody, it cost $12.7million (£10.1million).
The United States National Guard is one of the reserve components of the US Army and US Air Force.
The National Guard is split into 54 separate units.
There is a unit for each of the 50 seats.
The District of Columbia, the unincorporated territories of Guam and the US Virgin Islands plus the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico also have their own units.
The units are under the dual command of the federal and state governments.
In October 2006, Congress passed the John Warner National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2007.
A provision of this act was to allow the President to take charge of National Guard troops without the approval of the state governor when public order has been lost and state authorities cannot enforce the law.
The mayor of the District of Columbia, currently Democrat Muriel Bowser may request the President aid them to enforce the law.
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It has been reported that whilst deployed in Washington DC, two soldiers with the South Carolina National Guard were reported to have found glass in their pizza.
The soldiers weren’t harmed and according to the Post and Courier used Uber Eats to order pizza to the hotel they were staying at.
Captain Jessica Donnelly, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina National Guard told Military Times: “The service members are okay. It was a single incident. Their command said the Soldiers were advised to file a report with the local police department.
“From my understanding they chose not to. There is no additional information to report.”
On Thursday morning, Trump claimed National Guard troops assured him clearing the area around the White House was a “walk in the park.”
He tweeted: “Our great National Guard Troops who took care of the area around the White House could hardly believe how easy it was.
“’A walk in the park’, one said.”
White House Press Secretary said on Wednesday Trump was open to police reforms buy described the removal of qualified immunity as a “non-starter”.
Michigan’s Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash, formerly a Republican, has introduced a bill which would remove qualified immunity which prevents public officials from being sued for violating civil rights unless those rights have been established by clear case law.
The bill says: “It is the sense of the Congress that we must correct the erroneous interpretation of section 1983 which provides for qualified immunity, and reiterate the standard found on the face of the statute, which does not limit ability on the basis of the defendant’s good faith beliefs or on the basis that the right was not ‘clearly established’ at the time of the violation.”
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