Tuesday, October 13, 2020

More on The Orders Project

This article captures the other view of what The Orders Project entails.

Shane Harris, Volunteer lawyers will advise military personnel who question the legality of orders during protests, election disputes. Washington Post, 9 October 2020.

The Project is conceived as a non-partisan, not-for-profit rule of law initiative.

A group of lawyers is offering advice to military and National Guard members who worry they may be given unlawful orders if deployed during protests or disputes over next month’s elections.

The Orders Project was formed in response to the use of force against protesters this summer in Lafayette Square, two of the founders said in an interview Friday.

The protests, which followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, prompted confusion among law enforcement and National Guard leaders. Some officials said they had no warning that the U.S. Park Police, which commanded the operation, planned to move against protesters and that the crowd could have been moved out of the area without the use of force.

The legal group anticipates that military personnel might find themselves in the same position this fall, and they may question whether orders they receive are legal.

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