Maya Wiley Calls Out Trump’s Abusive Show in Lafayette Square and the Danger of Invoking the Military against Democracy

Maya Wiley (‘92), Professor at The New School, penned an opinion for Democracy discussing executive transgression against First Amendment rights to speech and assembly and the danger of federalizing police in response to protests (“Sending in Shock Troops,” Oct. ‘20). “Trump has not only made a mockery of our Constitution’s protections against tyranny by improperly inserting federal officers into local law enforcement, then inciting them to violate First and Fourth Amendment rights; he is also undermining a presidential norm to keep the peace, use the power of the office to protect the constitutional rights of people of color and of any resident where local law enforcement will not, and stoking fear and division that endanger our safety as well as our freedoms.”