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Seattle Mayor Says It Would Be Illegal for Trump to Send Military to City

Seattle Mayor Says It Would Be Illegal for Trump to Send Military to City
People listen as a band plays in front of the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct in the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" on Wednesday. The zone includes the blocks surrounding the precinct, which was the site of violent clashes with Black Lives Matter protesters, who have continued to demonstrate in the wake of George Floyd's death. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

Thursday, 11 June 2020 06:40 PM

The mayor of Seattle said on Thursday it would be unconstitutional and "illegal" for President Donald Trump to send military forces there to clear protesters occupying part of the city.

Mayor Jenny Durkan's comments at an afternoon news conference came in response to tweets by Trump vowing on Twitter to "take back" the city if local officials did not act.

"It is unconstitutional and illegal to send the military to Seattle," Durkan said.

At the same news conference, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said the protesters could not remain camped behind barricades in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The encampment formed after weeks of protests over the death in Minneapolis of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody. 

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