Trump threatens to send federal police officers to New York

Trump menace d'envoyer des policiers fédéraux à New York

New York | Donald Trump send there federal police officers in New York and other bastions of democrats facing an outbreak of crime? Arm wrestling is committed, including with his hometown, while the republican president has made the return of “the order” as one of its slogans to the approach of the presidential election.

On Tuesday, the New York city mayor, Bill de Blasio, protested against the threat aloft the previous day by the american president to send federal forces in the capital of the american economy.

If Trump would send federal agents, “it would only add to the problems” and “we attaquerions immediately in court to stop it,” said the mayor at a press briefing.

“It would be a new example of the illegal measures and unconstitutional taken by the president,” he added.

The previous day, the mayors, democrats Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City and the federal capital Washington had sent a letter to the american minister of Justice, William Barr, and the director of the ministry of National Security, Chad Wolf, to oppose the “unilateral deployment” of the federal forces at home. In the United States, municipalities are, in principle, masters of the methods used in the face of crime.

Returning to the question of sending these last days of federal police officers in Portland, Oregon – where officers, in camouflage uniform and without a badge of identification, arrests challenged – they felt that their interventions had contributed to “an escalation” of tensions, and compared the method to ” tactics used by authoritarian regimes “.

“Leftists”

For his part, the chairman, much criticized for its handling of the pandemic, and ahead in the latest polls by his rival, democrat Joe Biden, has made the return of “law and order” as one of its main slogans of the campaign, to three and a half months of the presidential election in November.

The government Trump rejects any accusation of abuse of power: he justified sending agents to Portland by the need to protect the federal buildings of the city, including its federal court, targeted by the protesters.

But with the approach of the election, the subject is the bearer for the republican cause, while the major cities have registered a surge of violence in the wake of the protests against the police brutality that followed the death of George Floyd at the end of may.

“We’re not going to drop in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore,” said Trump on Monday, calling their elected democrats of “leftist radicals” lax.

It was in Chicago, a city the crime is rampant and where Trump has deemed the situation as ” worse than Afghanistan “, that federal agents could be deployed as early as this week, according to several u.s. media.

The spokesperson of the White House, Kayleigh McEnany, refused Tuesday to confirm these reports: the president “has not made any announcement on who would go where,” she said. She added, however, that the mayor, a democrat from the city, Lori Lightfoot, ” was clearly unable to control the streets.”

After a steady decline since the mid-1990s, New York city, where Trump has made his fortune and where to remain rooted to the Trump Organization, has seen crime start this year, especially since June – with shootings and murders, an increase of respectively 60% and 23% since January, particularly in some areas of East Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

The metropolis has the largest municipal police force in the country with 36,000 police officers. Many of them have criticised the reforms introduced after the protests, “Black Lives Matter” (The life of Blacks account) in order to reduce police violence, and their morale is at the lowest, according to some officials.

If we are to believe Mr. De Blasio, if federal agents were deployed in spite of its objections, their impact would be ” minimal “. “This will only add to the pain and confusion, may be this is what he (Trump) wants,” he said on Tuesday.

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