Active-duty soldiers mobilized, told to be ready to deploy to Minneapolis in 24 hours


Watertown, N.Y. – Soldiers from Fort Drum may be deployed to Minneapolis where the police killing of George Floyd has sparked widespread protests, according to CNBC.

CNBC reported the Pentagon has taken the rare step of ordering soldiers from Fort Drum in Watertown and Fort Bragg in North Carolina to be ready to be deployed to Minneapolis within four hours if called. CNBC attributed that to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

A White House official said there is no plan to deploy active duty soldiers to Minneapolis.

CNBC reported the orders to get ready were sent Friday after President Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell unrest in Minneapolis after protests led to looting and arson in some parts of the city.

The Army units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial.

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