Unrest in Washington: No badges on the streets: the mystery surrounding Trump’s secret police
“Law And Order” keeps on posting US President Donald Trump on Twitter when tens of thousands of people in the United States take to the streets to protest the violent death of African-American George Floyd by a police officer. In addition to the police and national guard, there is also a uniformed force with no recognizable badges. But what is behind this “secret police” with which Trump wants to keep the masses at bay?
When looking at the Washington pictures of the unrest following the murder of black George Floyd in police custody, memories of the Crimean crisis suddenly awaken. In 2014, Russia’s Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin sent a troop of uniformed soldiers – called the “green men” – to the Crimea in the conflict with Ukraine. However, they did not wear any badges and also initially denied belonging to the Russian army. The members of the supposed pro-Russian vigilante turned out to be Putin’s soldiers.
Uniformed and armed forces were also patrolling the US capital these days, the origin of which cannot be identified by a badge or identification. Where does this troop come from, which thousands stand up against the demonstrators? Combined with the Army Police, National Guard and Special Forces, this is the largest gathering of official units in the country’s capital since the protests and riots during the Vietnam War.
“We Can’t Tolerate American Secret Police”
Civil rights groups and Democratic congressmen raised the alarm about sending these mysterious units. “We cannot tolerate American secret police,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy wrote on Twitter. “The US would normally condemn this tactic when used by dictators from other countries, and its use here directly threatens our democracy,” Murphy said. Americans would have the right to know who was guarding their streets.
Officials’ refusal to identify themselves to the public is “usually associated with law enforcement agencies,” the Columbia University Knight First Amendment Institute wrote to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.
Unmarked forces belong to the Ministry of Defense
But the “New York Times” helps to resolve the confusion surrounding the unidentified troops in military equipment. The reports that the men and women must be assigned to the Ministry of Defense. Barr had flooded the streets with all the powers of his numerous authorities to oppose the protesters: the FBI law enforcement agency, the DEA drug enforcement agency, the Secret Service presidential protection, the so-called homeland security, special units of the prison authority, employees of the Office for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives or the customs authority.
Barr even authorized prison guards to arrest the demonstrations on Wednesday night, the newspaper said. However, there are no special uniforms for this application. That is why the men and women are on the road without identification.
Background: The city of Washington is giving the President and the government, as a district, expanded powers under the Autonomy Act of 1973, allowing Trump and Barr to send these officials from all conceivable departments of government agencies to the streets. “Law and Order” is the outside message.
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