National Guard On America’s Streets: “It Is Absolutely An Option”
April 26th, 2013
Now that heavily militarized law enforcement and National Guard troops have been accepted as a necessity to preserve the safety and security of Americans, city officials across the country are undoubtedly starting to consider how they can best utilize their new found policing powers.
In Steubenville, Ohio, for example, where assaults, robberies, rapes and murders are well above the national average, city manager Cathy Davison is reportedly in talks with the state’s governor and National Guard to assist with the ever rising crime rate.
Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison said Wednesday that calling for assistance from the National Guard is “absolutely an option”
“Oh, absolutely. It is an option and that’s part of the conversation we’re having with city council and the governor,” answered Davison.
“If that’s what step we need to take to get people out of our city, can we utilize it?”
Attention on violent crime was raised this week after the Fraternal Order of Police Steubenville Lodge President Jim Marquis called a news conference at which he listed more than 40 “weapons calls” handled by the city police department since January.
Marquis suggested the rise in weapons crime was linked to the decrease in the number of officers employed by the Steubenville Police Department.
Full interview at WTOV 9