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The Minneapolis Third Police Precinct is set on fire Thursday during a third night of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Tribune News Service

FORT DRUM — As protests erupted across the country, Fort Drum soldiers have been put on notice that they could be deployed to quell the unrest following the death of George Floyd.

According to multiple national reports, the Pentagon on Saturday ordered military police from Fort Drum and Fort Bragg in North Carolina to be on 4-hour call to be sent to Minneapolis.

President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper to make the option available in a Thursday night phone call, according to Newsweek. The military police units would be sent to Minneapolis under the Insurrection Act of 1807.

Protests erupted Friday night in cities across the country over the outrage over the death of the 43-year-old father of two earlier in the week.

A former Minneapolis police officer was arrested on Friday and charged with his murder. The outrage follows video from a witness showing the police officer kneeling on the man’s neck until he’s unresponsive.

It would be the first time that the military would be called in to quell unrest since the Rodney King riots in 1992.

A Fort Drum spokesman said there was nothing he could say at this time regarding the potential deployment. He referred questions to the department of defense.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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