By Duncan Smith
National Guard units in more than a dozen states have been called in by governors to help state and local police guard property and quell riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
But not all units are going to be used in a similar manner.
For example, On Friday, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, told reporters that his units would be deployed to assist local law enforcement but would not be authorized to make any arrests themselves.
Breitbart News added:
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 to help law enforcement officials quell protests that have erupted into riots in many cities.
Based on circumstances going on in Reno and at the request of local leaders, I have activated members of the @nvnationalguard to secure government buildings.
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) May 31, 2020
After numerous discussions with state and local leaders, I have signed an order authorizing the activation of up to 3,000 National Guard troops statewide ahead of several planned protests on Sunday, May 31. (1/2)
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 31, 2020
— John Wittman (@john_jwitt) May 31, 2020
Today I signed Executive Order 20-11 to declare that a State of Emergency exists in Missouri due to civil unrest. The Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Highway Patrol stand ready to support local authorities.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) May 31, 2020
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.
In all, about 17,000 Guard troops are being called up and/or deployed, according to an analysis by Breitbart News.
The deployments come as it is now apparent that Left-wing groups like Antifa are using the unfortunate death of George Floyd as an excuse to riot, loot, and destroy.
And, increasingly, governors around the country aren’t going to put up with it.
Nor should they.
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