Calling out the militia -- against the Nat'l Guard!
I found this Cleveland Advocate article (Oct 9, 1920) in the Library of Congress online collections. Apparently some Guardsmen formed a lynch mob, and the local government had to "call out the militia" to stop them.
This brings up an important historical question: where can I find the most recent examples of the Militia being called up? This 1920 example is the most recent I've heard of.
Follow up question: Does a Sheriff have authority to call up the Militia, or may he only Deputize under his authority?
As a retired Deputy Sheriff, and familiar with Search and Rescue call-ups, I am trying to envision what process might be employed to call up the militia, if a Governor or otherwise empowered elected official wanted to.
Posted by: Rivrdog at April 7, 2005 02:40 AM
The calling forth of the Militia depends on each state. In Virginia a recent Attorney General Opinion covers this issue in case of a terrorist attack:
Posted by: Rudy DiGiacinto at April 7, 2005 05:32 PM