People are hitting the ceiling over Army troops coming into Samson, Alabama while the shooting rampage there was going on. Many are citing the "Posse Comitatus Act" for what they perceive as a gross violation of US law.
However, the troops did NOT go there for policing, but only for traffic control and similar functions. Let us not forget that small towns do not have the ability to deal with situations like this, due to the very small sizes of their police forces. Let us not also forget that, by deploying these troops there, police officers were freed up to participate in the manhunt that followed, and these troops were not engaging in policing, only giving a helping hand.
IMHO, there was no violation of Posse Comitatus here. If anything, the detractors here should be thanking those troops who came to the town to help, instead of calling them lawbreakers.
At the present time, the Army is conducting an investigation. When it is over, I believe these troops will be exonerated, and rightly so.
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