The President’s election year caravan of unrequested force will also expand to Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland.
President Donald Trump will send federal troops to Milwaukee “over the next three weeks” as part of a federal operation aimed at curbing violence he falsely claims is linked to protests against racial injustice and police brutality, the White House announced Wednesday.
Federal agents are already present in Portland, Oregon, where they have brutalized protesters, pepper-sprayed the mayor, and operated in ways reminiscent of secret police in other regimes by yanking demonstrators off the street and hauling them away in unmarked vans.
Protests in Milwaukee, which have been a daily occurrence since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis almost two months ago, have been overwhelmingly peaceful and have not resulted in any significant level of violence since June 2 when police opened fire on a group of peaceful demonstrators.
In his remarks announcing the program, named Operation Legend after a young boy killed in Kansas City, Missouri, Trump conflated “radical” protests with “a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders, and heinous crimes of violence” across major American cities.
“More than 300” troops are on their way to Chicago, according to the White House, and some will be sent to Detroit and Cleveland as they are deployed in Milwaukee. Neither Trump nor the White House have said how many agents will come to Milwaukee, only that the deployment will happen within three weeks.