Tags: George Floyd Protests | Law Enforcement | west point | military | riots | looting | public safety

West Point Grads Say Military Leaders Failing to Uphold Constitution

police and the national guard protect a government building
(Julio Cortez/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 June 2020 10:26 PM

Hundreds of West Point graduates Thursday published a letter criticizing military leaders for threatening to use the U.S. military as "weapons against fellow Americans" engaging in legitimate protests around the nation.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets last week following the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody.

President Donald Trump called on state governors to pursue "total domination" amid violent crackdowns on protesters and journalists in cities across America and threatened to send the U.S. military if states did not do more to quell the unrest.  

"By accepting your commission, you incur a moral purpose and obligation to provide for the common defense. In doing so you enable the nation to fulfill the full range of its aspirations," the concerned alumni wrote in the letter, published by Medium. "Today, our Constitutional aspirations remain unfulfilled."

"We are concerned that fellow graduates serving in senior-level, public positions are failing to uphold their oath of office and their commitment to Duty, Honor, Country," the letter reads in reference to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. "Their actions threaten the credibility of an apolitical military. We ask you to join us in working to right the wrongs and to hold each other accountable to the ideals instilled by our alma mater and affirmed by each of us at graduation."

Esper refused to support Trump's call to use active-duty troops to quell protests in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and elsewhere.

© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
Hundreds of West Point graduates Thursday published a letter criticizing military leaders for threatening to use the U.S. military as "weapons against fellow Americans" engaging in legitimate protests around the nation.
west point, military, riots, looting, public safety
238
2020-26-11
Thursday, 11 June 2020 10:26 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved