The Trump administration is reportedly hiring specially trained federal officers to protect American monuments during the Fourth of July weekend.
The Department of Homeland Security will send units to Seattle, Portland, and Washington D.C. for more than a month after the civil unrest regarding the killing of George Floyd by police continues. Obtained by Fox News.
“The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend has increased potential for destructive action in certain locations across the country that could threaten our staff and the Federal facilities they protect and the properties they protect,” according to a note by DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. “DHS is preparing to protect federal facilities and property.”
DHS draws the Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) from the American Communities Protection Task Force (PACT), which includes police trained to handle crowd and riot control.
It is not immediately clear how many officers will be sent to each city and what equipment will be provided to prevent the destruction of statues.
Fox News said other teams would be ready to deploy if officers needed elsewhere.
President Trump is the latest effort of a versatile approach to aggressively squeeze American protesters who destroy or overturn sculptures that have ties to slavery or racism nationwide.
Trump signed an executive order promising enforcement of the harshest federal penalties possible for those who signed last week.
The order also prevents the federal government from funding local law enforcement agencies “if they cannot protect public monuments.”
Trump shared footage of protesters suspected of trying to demolish a monument to President Andrew Jackson near the White House earlier last week.
The protesters targeted the seventh president of the Indian Removal Act, which forced tens of thousands of Indians from their millions of acre ancestors in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida to force their violent, sometimes fatal displacement.
Trump defended him by calling the statue “magnificent”.
To further target the protesters, Attorney General Bill Barr announced on Friday that he has created a new government task force that focuses on “anti-government extremists.”