The U.S. National Guard confirmed the mobilization of 5,000 soldiers in 15 states and the District of Columbia, where the capital Washington DC is located, this Sunday to curb the unrest resulting from protests for Monday’s death in Minneapolis resulted in black race George Floyd during an arrest that led to the murder charge of one of the agents involved.
In a statement published on their Twitter account, the National Guard announced that, in addition to this contingent, it had alerted another 2,000 troops “who are ready to act when necessary”.
States that have requested National Guard intervention include Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Missouri, and the country’s capital.
“State and local police departments remain responsible for security,” they said, specifying from the National Guard, which will limit their participation to support tasks.
“The National Guard personnel assigned to these missions are trained, equipped and ready to help law enforcement agencies protect the lives and property of citizens in their state,” added the statement.