Two points here.Inceptor: I hear what you are saying. But I have other thoughts going through my head that take me elsewhere.
There are two axioms of law that come to mind. One is the dirty hands doctrine. It says you cannot use the law to protect you when you have already violated the law.
The other states that "He who causes the confusion shall have the confusion used against them."
Now consider this: There has been an ongoing riot for several weeks there. That is unlawful. They have openly declared the territory as their own (sovereign) and chased away the police.
They have been televised as passing out AR-15s so it is known that some are armed.
To the general population the Governor and Mayor have abdicated their rule of law. So if there is confusion those two leaders have created that confusion. It appears the the Federal Government cannot legally act.
What I see is an open succession from the Union of that real estate, against the will of the citizens. The citizens can act in this case.
None of the civil authorities or demonstrators can come back later and say "Just Kidding."
1. The PTB have been circumventing the Constitution and law for decades. I have stated some of the Constitution violations here so many times that I grow weary. Since when has the left ever followed the rule of law? They have just gotten more blatant about it because she lost and they didn't see it coming. So much for believing poll numbers, huh?
Abdicating the rule of law seems to be the norm now. The riots have been happening in cities where the police were told to stand down. Now they are killing cops, refusing service and poisoning them. Seen much arrests and/or prosecutions here? Yeah, me neither. In fact, the powers that be are pandering to them. For heavens sake I never thought I would see Fort Worth pandering. Dallas, yes but not FW. But it's still happening.
FYI the left controls the high density areas of the country. They have done as they pleased most of the time. What's going to stop them now? Most other places are center or just right of center.
2. By sending in people from other areas to "clean up a mess" that local officials don't acknowledge, laws will be broken and the "clean up crew" will spend time behind bars.
I think we are seeing the beginning of the balkanization of the country. JMHO though. Make of it what you will.