LOS ANGELES — Those who remember the last time the Insurrection Act was used, during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, warn that President Donald Trump could undo decades of progress between police and the communities they serve if he invokes it now.
Gavin Newsom and Defense Secretary Mark Esper both signaled distaste this week for using the Insurrection Act.
Demonstrators rally in front of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
Instead, the rioting was concentrated in Los Angeles neighborhoods targeted because of what they represented to marginalized and oppressed communities.
It remains unclear what role the active military would play in quelling the unrest if it’s deployed under the Insurrection Act.