Report: DC Mayor ‘Discouraged’ Federal Law Enforcement From Assisting DC Police Ahead Of Rally

Report: DC Mayor ‘Discouraged’ Federal Law Enforcement From Assisting DC Police Ahead Of Rally


Washington, D.C., mayor, Muriel Bowser, discouraged federal agencies from providing assistance to Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department in a letter issued to agencies on Tuesday, effectively asking federal law enforcement to “stand down” as the city handled a pro-Trump rally that eventually became a riot.

“Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) told Justice Department and Pentagon leaders on Tuesday that the city is not requesting federal law enforcement assistance with protests organized by President Trump‘s supporters this week,” The Hill reported on Tuesday, adding that Bowser specifically requested that he any federal officials “notify the city and its police department if federal authorities are deployed.”

Bowser addressed the letter to Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, and acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, and issued it on the heels of a request to the Pentagon for National Guard troops. Bowser apparently wanted to be clear that the National Guard troops and other federal law enforcement officials would be on hand to handle some aspects of

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