While Trump has been deploying mysterious federal agents in major cities, state governors, senators, mayors and citizens are calling for their removal.
The mayors of major cities, namely Ted Wheeler (Portland), Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago), Muriel Bowser (Washington, D.C.) Jenny Durkan (Seattle) and Quinton Lucas (Kansas) collectively composed and signed two separate letters expressing their objections to the federal agents deployed in their respective cities. They expressed their objection to how the federal agents carry out law enforcement actions without express invitation, approval and collaboration with city government officials.
One letter was addressed and sent to Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the Homeland Security Dept. and Atty. Gen. William Barr. The second letter was addressed and sent to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In both letters, the mayors denounced Trump’s deployment of the so-called “Rapid Deployment Unit” in their city streets, whilst calling for their removal and urging Congress to conduct investigations regarding the constitutionality of Trump’s terror tactics.
Judge Andrew Napolitano Explains What Makes Trump’s Aggressive Tactics Unconstitutional
While Trump insists that the necessity of sending out federal law enforcers in the cities is to protect federal assets, there are certain aspects about his aggressive tactics that make them unconstitutional.
Last Tuesday, Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst at Fox News told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that Trump’s “Rapid Deployment Unit” must be restrained as there are limitations to what they can do in carrying out their duties as law enforcers.
First off, their actions must be confined to protection of federal assets. They cannot just enforce general criminal laws and arrest protesters without probable cause or warrant of arrest. Simply stated, they cannot just replace or provide assistance to the local police without the express approval of the city mayor.
Secondly, they must wear proper uniforms that display their identification instead of wearing unidentifiable fatigues on which a piece of sticker paper marked as “POLICE” serves as identification. Judge Napolitano said that displaying the name of the law enforcer is important because anyone who experiences an encounter with these federal agents has a right to know the identity of the person making the arrest.