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Trump and the threat of the military in US cities has made the Third Amendment suddenly relevant. Here's what it means.

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  • The huge presence of the National Guard in Washington, DC, amid protests over police brutality has sparked discussions of the Third Amendment to the US Constitution. 
  • The Third Amendment essentially prohibits the government from forcing civilians to house troops without their permission. It's related to the experiences of colonists leading up to the Revolutionary War. 
  • Though there are widespread concerns about the military presence in DC and elsewhere, legal experts are skeptical the Third Amendment will actually become an issue in the days ahead. 
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The Third Amendment is probably among the least discussed amendments to the US Constitution. But with the heavy presence of the National Guard in states across the country, as well as the nation's capital, it's become newly relevant in recent days.
Nationwide protests sparked by the brutal death of George Floyd in an incident involving Minneapolis police, in which an officer knelt on Floyd's neck for roughly eight minutes, have led the National Guard to be deployed to over half the country. As of Thursday, 4,500 National Guard troops from various states across the US have been deployed to Washington, DC alone, and some are being housed in local hotels. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday said she wants out-of-state troops gone from the city.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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