In fact, this idea is
against the lawcompletely legit, I’m pretty sure…
Sheriff Mike Hale says there won’t be enough cops to patrol the streets in his county and the National Guard may be needed to protect the community. He spoke to Joe Johns on CNN’s “American Morning” Thursday.
A little thing called the Posse Comitatus Act
prevents this sort of thing from happening. While the Army *has* gotten pretty good at police operations and working with civilians to maintain the peace, there’s a distinct difference between doing it in a war zone and doing it on the corner next to Starbucks. Reminds me of Bruce Willis in “The Siege” When the Governor asks him to take over law enforcement in New York City he says, “I can do this. But you will not like the way I do it.”
Sadly though, I think you’ll see more of this happening as city governments struggle under economic burdens and those who would take advantage of a lack of law enforcement up their level of operations.
*** Update *** Obviously, as a member of the Navy, I don’t have to deal with things like Posse Comitatus very often (spoken, Never in my career). Thankfully, the more educated of my readers have provided a great education in the comments section.
So, I stand soundly corrected on the application of Posse Comitatus with regard to the Guard being employed by the State. However, I still stand by the idea that we’ll probably see more of this in the coming months/years. And that’s no good for the Guard, as those folks are pulling their share of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan…