White House Press Secretary pays tribute to fallen officers
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had another powerful moment in the briefing room on Wednesday when she called attention to the 45 police officers who have been killed so far this year in the U.S.
“These are our heroes, thank you so much to the officers who are protecting our streets,” McEnany said. “Many have been shot, some have been killed. It’s a travesty and let us stand with law enforcement and recognize the huge contribution they have made to our society and continue to do so every day.”
St. Louis officer David Dorn was shot and killed by looters in St. Louis. He had served 38 years on the city’s police force. His wife Ann Marie was also a sergeant on the force. Dorn suffered a gunshot wound to his torso at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday and died on the sidewalk outside of a looted pawn shop. The death was captured on video and circulated on social media.
McEnany said her heart broke extra for two female officers, Breann Leath and Tiffany Enriquez, that were killed. Leath left behind one child, and Enriquez left behind three and one grandchild.
At the start of Wednesday’s briefing, McEnany said that as a result of the current protests, four officers had been shot in St. Louis, another was shot in Las Vegas and remains on life support, and a number of other officers had been injured across the country.
The struggle that local police departments are having while dealing with the violent riots has led President Trump to consider using the military to help.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations.
Still, the president has made it clear he will call in the military if he doesn’t see stronger leadership from local leaders.
“If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said on Monday.
Military police active-duty troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Drum, New York, as well as a ready battalion from the 82nd Airborne, are currently staging in the Washington, D.C. area at Andrews Air Force Base and Fort Belvoir.
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