US President Donald Trump has signed a Memorandum aimed at depriving public funding for cities that are not enough, from the point of view of the Federal government, to fight unrest.
“My administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that have voluntarily degraded into lawless zones,” the document says.
It is known that these measures will affect Seattle, Portland, New York, and Washington. The full list of “zones of anarchy” should be published by the Prosecutor General. The White House will have two weeks to determine how the ministries will report on funding for cities and a month to think through mechanisms for depriving them of Federal aid.
“Over the past few months, some state and local authorities have contributed to violence and destruction in their jurisdictions by failing to implement laws, depriving police departments of authority or significant funding, and refusing to accept offers of assistance from Federal law enforcement agencies,” the memo explains.
Since the end of May, a wave of protests against police violence and racism has swept through many American cities after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis. Trump has clashed publicly with state and city authorities several times, demanding that they allow the introduction of Federal units to quell unrest.