So, here, it looks like it's members of the US Military arresting one of the G20 protesters:
I thought that things like "Domestic policing" were illegal for the US military? (I just forget what the terminology is for it).
If they're doing that there.....what would keep the military from aiding in a "gun roundup" if it was ordered?
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September 25, 2009, 10:32 AM
They might be national guard, especially since one was wearing a BDU.
September 25, 2009, 10:33 AM
Maybe they are "detaining" him for local police. Any citizen has the right to do that.
September 25, 2009, 10:37 AM
You're thinking of "Posse Comitatus."
Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Restriction on direct participation by military personnel
The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to ensure that any activity (including the provision of any equipment or facility or the assignment or detail of any personnel) under this chapter does not include or permit direct participation by a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity unless participation in such activity by such member is otherwise authorized by law.
The military cannot be used in a domsetic law enforcement role.
However, there is little info on who the actors in that video are. It has been pointed out that they are wearing a variety of non-current-issue fatigues and there are other technical issues with what appears to have happened there.
September 25, 2009, 10:44 AM
They weren't armed and were driving a civilian car. It kind of looks like a kidnapping or staged event to me.
September 25, 2009, 10:52 AM
They were wearing camouflage and thus are automatically U.S. military sanctioned by the gov't to arrest people. :rolleyes:
Notice the boots on the driver and the boots on the guy shoving the 'protester" in the back of the car. The uniforms are also inconsistent. They didn't even handcuff the guy.