By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, the scene from Minneapolis as seen on CBS This Morning broadcast.
The Pentagon puts the military police on alert to go to Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was reported by the Associated Press within the last few hours. The Pentagon released a statement on Saturday that it was ready to proceed with a military assist to law enforcement deployment. This comes as authorities scramble to contain the unrest as Minneapolis erupts into war-like conditions following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. As of the Associated Press report, Governor Tim Walz has not requested federal troops.
Defense officials have made it clear that there is no intention of a deployment of U.S. troops in the area unless Governor Walz requests assistance. If Walz makes a request, federal units such as the military police force will deploy to Minneapolis. At the time of the AP report, the military were on a four hour alert. This is citing Jonathan Rath Hoffman, the chief spokesman for the Pentagon.
President Trump has been vocal regarding the outbreak of violence in the last few hours. In the most recent development, Mr. Trump has moved to classify ANTIFA as a terrorist organization.
“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” said Trump in a tweet that was posted at 11:23am on May 31.
“Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night. The ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly. Should have been done by Mayor on first night and there would have been no trouble!” said Trump at 11:03 am on May 31.
Mr. Trump also has criticisms for the Democrat-majority cities where rioting proceeded in a vicious cycle. Mr. Trump inferred that Minneapolis should be looked to as the example for insurrection management.
“Other Democrat run Cities and States should look at the total shutdown of Radical Left Anarchists in Minneapolis last night. The National Guard did a great job, and should be used in other States before it is too late!” said Trump, via a tweet that was published at 11:12am on May 31.
In the wake of on-the-ground management and ANTIFA terror classification, hacktivist organizations also became embroiled in the Minneapolis conflict. The hacktivist organization Anonymous
Also, CBS News and various other news stations came under non-lethal fire from the police force. Within the last 10h, video footage surfaced showing Mike George’s CBS News crew come under rubber bullet fire from the Minneapolis police department. The sound engineer was hit. Mr. George states that there was no verbal command given before the police engaged them.
“An important thing to notice- we received no verbal commands from police before they opened fire with rubber bullets on our CBS News crew. If they had asked us to leave a particular area, we would. Also, police are aware the Governor has exempted media from the curfew. #cbsnews,” said George, in a tweet caption of this event which posted at 8:34am on May 31.
CBS News also shared footage of Tom Aviles, a photographic journalist for CBS Minnesota, being arrested after also being struck by a rubber bullet. This was reported within the last two hours via CBS News Twitter. Mr. Aviles is heard telling the police many times that he is with WCCO CBS and needs to meet up with his producer. He tells the police that he is “not fighting,” and attempts to call out to his crew before he is put down on the pavement by arresting officials.