Seattle Mayor: Federal Police Sent to Riots Could Mean 'Martial Law'

Seattle Mayor: Federal Police Sent to Riots Could Mean 'Martial Law'


President Donald Trump’s decision to follow U.S. law and send federal police to cities to quell the violence caused by riots “looks like a dry run for martial law,” Jenny Durkan, the Democrat mayor of Seattle, said on Thursday.

“[It] “looks like a dry run for martial law,” Durkan said in an interview with taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR).

“It is unprecedented for federal authorities to take this level of approach for local jurisdictions and cities and surge federal resources in them to take over public safety duties like arresting people and policing protesters,” Durkan said.

NPR did not question Durkan on her claim that Trump would invoke martial law rather than step down if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidential election. Instead, NPR implied the president might also interfere with the contest:

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