Gen. Milley Says Soldiers Sent to DC Amid Protests Were Given Bayonets

A report was confirmed that some soldiers who were sent to Washington, D.C., amid the protests following the death of George Floyd, were given bayonets.

The Associated Press (AP) confirmed from Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley that soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment based just outside D.C. were sent, but were not actually deployed into D.C. amid the protests. Those members were issued bayonets.

The soldiers, however, were told the bayonets could not be on their rifle and had to be in their scabbard. They were also told they were not allowed to have weapons when entering the city without orders, Milley said in a letter to representatives on June 26, according to the letter obtained by the AP.

Additionally, the AP reports that some of the soldiers deployed were not trained in riot response.

Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Milley on June 22 with concerns about the reported use of bayonets.

“The escalation and violence leading up to and following those killings included those same troops meeting peaceful demonstrators with bayonets,” they wrote.

However, Milley did not say in his response letter that bayonets would not be used in the future for domestic protests.

In a statement to the AP on Thursday, the two representatives said, “While we are grateful for General Milley’s responses to our questions concerning the arming of troops with bayonets for potential deployment against protesters, we were disappointed he was not willing to commit to banning the practice.”

“We recognize the necessity of the Joint Force preserving flexibility to respond to varying circumstances, but it is difficult for us to imagine a circumstance which could necessitate or justify the deployment of bayonets against American civilians,” the representatives added.

Protests have broken out across the country for over a month over civil unrest following the death of Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody after a police officer pinned his knee into Floyd’s neck on May 25.

Responses

  1. Interesting.
    The 101st Airborne who enforced the Brown vs. Board of Ed decision had bayonets visibly mounted. they were there to enforce the integration and equal-access to education.

    The rioters stand for what? Violent unrest and destruction of property. F them. Fires, milkshakes, shields, projectiles do not say peaceful.

    (I love a recent video where a skinny, white protester tried spooking a police horse and got kicked for her efforts.)

    I say bayonets and other deterrent/anti-personnel measures are fully in order. Let the spoiled, soft, white Lefties know what a real fight looks like.

  2. liquid:

    Demanding higher taxes on the rich sounds like a good thing, to me. Is that, too, why you posted the text? Or were you confused?

  3. Dr. Theresa Deisher on the use of Aborted Fetal Tissue in Vaccines: Babies are Born at 5-6 Months Old Alive with Beating Hearts and No Anesthesia

  4. Pitchfork-wielding protesters descend on wealthy Hamptons estates
    well the pitchforks are plastic
    A caravan of protesters — some wielding plastic pitchforks — descended on the Hamptons Wednesday to blast the rich and decry the nation’s rising income inequality.

    More than 100 drivers and about 200 marchers paid a visit to the homes of some of the world’s wealthiest people, including ex-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

    “Tax the rich, not the poor!” the protesters chanted outside Bloomberg’s $20 million Southhampton mansion, with some calling the failed presidential candidate a “looter.”

    Protesters, several of whom came in from the Big Apple, demanded that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raise taxes on the state’s 118 billionaires to make up for a steep revenue shortfall amid the

  5. I hope somebody throws shi- all over this poor excuse for a military man then hacks him up with a machette

  6. Poor ole johnny, he only knows 4 letter words. That is because he flunked kindergarten and has no brain. Oh, did I mention that he lies, lies and when there is nothing else to do, he lies some more. He really needs to be in a home for the brainless.

  7. churl is another non human piece of shit.

    Shove a bayonet up your ass you odious little shit.

  8. Now to more important things. So what’s the problem with bayonets? Who knows what the rioters and looters are carrying during their “pieceful” protests. They steal and loot piece by piece.

  9. Poor Joan. Seeing his name is all that’s needed to ignore the rest from the foul mouthed looney tune.

  10. Yet you do paulie proving my premise that are a non human piece of shit.

  11. Johnny Boy do you realize most people her do not read your shit posts?

  12. So the Caucasian supremacist; n*gger shit-in-chief

    scared shitless Bunker Baby trumpuke

    wants active military armed with the crudest and

    cruelest of weapons turned on non violent protesters.

    Only inferior to everyone, fear ridden, hate driven

    phuhking assholes and pussies support him.

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