Report: Pentagon prepared to send military force to Minneapolis if necessary

Such a decision hasn't been made by federal government since 1992.
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With the rioting in Minneapolis continuing to overwhelm the city and state's response, the Pentagon has taken a step to ready U.S. military police units to assist if necessary. 

According to The Associated Press, soldiers from North Carolina's Fort Bragg and New York's Fort Drum are on alert and can be deployed within four hours if instructed to do so. Similarly, soldiers from Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas can be deployed within 24 hours notice. 

The AP says the preparedness puts 800 soldiers on notice for possible deployment to Minneapolis. 

Seven-hundred soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard are already stationed in the Twin Cities as part of Gov. Tim Walz's response to the crisis, with more than 1,000 more joining the effort Saturday. 

Gov. Walz speculated during a middle-of-the-night press conference early Saturday that anarchists could be part of the violence. He wondered aloud if violent behavior is coming from white supremacists and drug cartel members. 

Either way, the governor said the state's firepower to combat the crowds hasn't been enough. 

“I will take responsibility for underestimating the wanton destruction and the sheer size of this crowd,” Walz said.

“There are simply more of them than us,” he added

Per the AP report, the military units could be sent via the Insurrection Act of 1807, which hasn't been used by the federal government since the Rodney King riots of 1992

The act grants President Trump the power to send troops to stop "any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy" in any state. 

President Trump has already tweeted a warning message to Mayor Frey, saying he will assume control of the situation in Minneapolis if local leaders can't get the job done. 

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