Originally Posted by jettio
I don't think you should have National guard troops acting as theft preventors without a declaration of martial law.
To me, it seems unreasonable to ask a soldier to patrol theft-prone areas when they can't arrest people and they sure have no business shooting bullets at thieves.
It is possible that a thief may have a gun, and it would not be fair to a soldier to send him out with instructions to be a prop with an assault rifle that he can not use, especially when their training is based on combat rules of engagement and not police arrest and police use of force policies.
I think I agree with this. I envision looters taking things while guardsmen watch because they've been ordered to not get involved.
But then the question becomes, what is the proper response if the PD is overwhelmed? Unless there are enough police tasks not related to law enforcement, that the guard can free up officers by taking over.