Posted on May 31, 2020

Over a Dozen U.S. Governors Summon Thousands of National Guardsmen to Quell Violent Protests

Edwin Mora, Breitbart, May 31, 2020

The governor of Minnesota and at least 12 others plus the District of Columbia have now activated the National Guard amid ongoing rioting and looting sweeping the nation. {snip}

On Friday, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, told reporters the guardsmen are only providing support to law enforcement and are not authorized to make any arrests under their rules of engagement.

As of early Saturday, the governors in at least 13 states — Minnesota, Nevada, Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Utah, Ohio, Washington, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Colorado, and California— had activated the National Guard. {snip}

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser also deployed National Guardsmen charged with protecting the nation’s capital to assist federal law enforcement officials with their response to protests outside the White House.

Although about half of the governors did not say how many National Guards troops they have mobilized, Breitbart News determined state leaders have activated around 17,000.


Violence intensified during the protests on Saturday night into Sunday morning despite curfews and the presence of the National Guard in cities across America, including Seattle (200 troops), Atlanta (3,000), Los Angeles (500-700), and Louisville (350).