AMERICA PLUNGES INTO CRISIS; WHITE HOUSE LOCKDOWN; MILITARY PUT ON ALERT

Gripped by disease, unemployment and outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis

America’s persistent political dysfunction and racial inequality were laid bare this week, as the coronavirus death toll hit a tragic new milestone and as the country was served yet another reminder of how black people are killed by law enforcement in disproportionately high numbers. Together, the events present a grim tableau of a nation in crisis — one seared by violence against its citizens, plagued by a deadly disease that remains uncontained and rattled by a devastating blow to its economy.

“The threads of our civic life could start unraveling, because everybody’s living in a tinderbox,” said historian and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley.

Cop is shot dead in California as George Floyd fury sweeps US: Donald Trump puts Army on notice to deploy to streets for first time since 1992 LA riots as 19-year-old Detroit protester fatally shot and Minneapolis erupts for fourth night

  • Soldiers in North Carolina and New York must be ready to move in to Minneapolis within four hours  
  • It’s the first time powers have been evoked since LA 1992 riots over beating of Rodney King by officers
  • Violent protests demanding justice for George Floyd spread across US last night including to Detroit
  • Man, 19, shot dead in Detroit by suspects who pulled up in a vehicle – police were not involved in shooting 
  • Looting breaks out in Minneapolis as protesters defy curfew and the National Guard fails to keep control
  • CNN headquarters in Atlanta are under siege and protesters throw a smoke bomb at police defending it 
  • Protesters surrounded a police precinct in Brooklyn where an NYPD officer throws a woman to the ground  
  • White House in Washington forced to go into temporary lockdown as demonstrators try to scale the walls 
  • Black man George Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded for air as officer pressed knee on neck in Minneapolis

 

Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according 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. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.

The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.

UNREST ATLANTA…
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TRUMP RETWEETS: ‘OOPS’…
FOXNEWS reporter chased away from White House…
Riots in Houston….
NAACP President Warns: ‘If You Keep Murdering Black People, City Will Burn’..
Mayor Defends Abandonment Of Police Precinct…
Protests spread across nation…
Cop shot dead in Oakland…
‘We’re Gonna Start Coming to Suburbs’…
Customs and Border Protection Flying Predator Drones Overhead…
Cornel West: USA Is Failed Social Experiment…

National Guard activated in Georgia, Minnesota as protests spread over death in policy custody