The DC mob has communicated (somehow) its intention to remove from its pedestal in Lincoln Park in Washington the statue of Lincoln with a kneeling freedman. This will be an interesting contest of wills. The park is 10 blocks due east of the capitol building and about the same distance west of the DC National Guard Armory. It is deep in the predominately Black residential part of Washington and nowhere near the White House, Lafayette Park, St. Johns Church, etc.
The US Park Police and the single MP Battalion of the DC National Guard will evidently be charged with preventing the action. The battalion has six or seven hundred people at full strength, but you never take the field at full strength and the unit probably does not have more than three or four hundred that it can field.
Some people are writing to say that the mere presence of unarmed part time soldiers of the National Guard will intimidate the mob.
The writers cite batons (clubs) and a modicum of tear gas as sufficient deterrent to restrain the miscreants.
OK! I want to see it! If this works it would be a convenient expedient everywhere. pl