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Large Domestic Disturbances, the U.S. Military, and the Insurrection Act

•,By Robert Willmann, Jr

 With over 35 million Americans unemployed after being thrown out of work for about two and a half months and millions with their activity restricted by bad governmental policies about the SARS-Cov-2 virus, an environment for enhanced trouble now exists.  If the rioting that started in Minnesota and moved to other cities does not taper off or end, the issue of involvement by the U.S. Military in the execution of civilian laws can be raised.

There are three main federal laws about the military that could be looked at regarding the disturbances in the streets after the incident of obvious police misconduct which caused the death of a handcuffed man in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past week.  They are the Posse Comitatus Act, the Insurrection Act, and Military Support for Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Posse Comitatus Act makes it a federal felony to use the Army or Air Force to execute civilian laws, except as specifically authorized (Does this mean the Navy can do whatever it wants?!  Well, no, because Department of Defense regulations on the issue apply to all personnel.) [1]–