US defense chief opposes use of Insurrection Act to quell unrest

By: AFP      Published: 07:28 PM, 3 Jun, 2020
US defense chief opposes use of Insurrection Act to quell unrest

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that he opposed invoking a rarely used law to deploy US military troops to quell nationwide protests over police brutality against African Americans. 

"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," Esper said, two days after President Donald Trump said he could do so to call up the army to quash protests.