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Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says

A soldier in Minneapolis opened fire on a speeding vehicle that posed a threat Sunday night — the second known instance of a National Guard member discharging a weapon during the nationwide mass protests, the Minnesota National Guard commander said Monday. “Our soldier fired three rounds from his rifle in response to a direct threat” from a vehicle that drove at a position held by local law enforcement supported by the Guard, said Army Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. Read Next: Army Vet Lawmaker: Invoke Insurrection Act, Deploy Active-Duty Troops to Riots The driver ... Read more

Guard Members, Police Open Fire and Kill a Man in Louisville, Authorities Say

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police officers and National Guard soldiers enforcing a curfew in Louisville killed a man early Monday when they returned fire after someone in a large group fired at them first, the city’s police chief said. Chief Steve Conrad confirmed the shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. outside a food market on West Broadway, where police and the National Guard had been called to break up a large group of people gathering in defiance of the city’s curfew. Read Next: Guard Soldier Killed in Shootout While Assisting Fellow Law Enforcement Officers Someone fired a shot at them and both soldiers ... Read more

What The National Guard Is Doing During the Protests

The chances of protestors locking horns with Guardsmen isn’t that high. The National Guard has been called up in 15 states as well as the District of Columbia to deal with civil unrest in the wake of a deadly police encounter in Minnesota. There’s been some question about what exactly they’ll be doing, with President Trump suggesting that Guard units have been “shutting down” protests. National Guard leaders who spoke to reporters on Sunday said that units would be deployed primarily to free up local police to deal with protestors or civil unrest. That could include guarding hospitals or infrastructure that ... Read more

National Guard deployed to Boston to help quell riots – Defence Blog

The U.S. National Guard members arrived in Boston late Sunday night to help quell riots that erupted in the city. Clashes with police, vandalism and looting began on Sunday night following a peaceful rally in downtown Boston. A police cruiser was set on fire while several shops were looted, according to media reports. The CBS Boston has reported that around 10 p.m., destruction began to break out near Downtown Crossing as Boston Police officers worked to clear crowds. Several stores were broken into, and a police cruiser was set on fire. WBZ-TV security analyst Ed Davis said the National Guard ... Read more

Minnesota Guard Carrying Guns and Ammo in Response to ‘Credible Threat,’ General Says

As law enforcement officials brace for another night of violent protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota National Guard members activated to support them are now armed and carrying ammunition, the general in charge said Sunday. Guard members are carrying rifles, sidearms and ammunition in response to a “credible threat” aimed directly against them as reported by the FBI, Army Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said in a phone briefing with reporters. “Our soldiers are currently carrying ammunition in their magazine pouches,” Jensen said. “We don’t talk about rules of engagement,” he added, but said in general troops ... Read more

Governments increase National Guard presence as protests continue Sunday

May 31 (UPI) — State and local governments throughout the United States increased National Guard presence on Sunday in response to ongoing protests sparked by the police-involved killing of George Floyd. Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Joseph Lengyel announced that about 5,000 National Guard members had been activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C. as of Sunday afternoon with approximately 2,000 standing by. “Responding to civil unrest is the hardest mission your National Guard does. Our unique longstanding partnerships with local civilian first responders mean we are always ready, always there to help, when needed, where it’s needed,” ... Read more

National Guard Called in to Quell Violence in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fourth day of violence in Los Angeles prompted the mayor to impose a rare citywide curfew and call in the National Guard after demonstrators clashed repeatedly with officers, torched police vehicles and pillaged businesses in a popular shopping district. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Saturday he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500 to 700 members of the Guard to assist the 10,000 Los Angeles Police Department officers. The Guard members were expected to arrive early Sunday. Garcetti said the soldiers would be deployed “to support our local response to maintain peace and safety on the streets ... Read more

U.S. National Guard to deploy troops across 15 states – Defence Blog

According to latest media reports, hundreds of people were arrested as protesters and police clashed in cities across America after the killing of George Floyd. More than 1000 people were arrested Saturday night alone after peaceful demonstrations turned into violent – and in some cases deadly – riots. Mayors of major cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Atlanta imposed curfews and at least 12 states, as well as Washington, D.C., activated National Guard troops in an effort to keep the peace overnight, but protests in several cities descended into violence again as tensions boiled over. Approximately 5,000 National Guard ... Read more

National Guard heads to Louisville, Ky., to quell protests over fatal March police shooting

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered 350 National Guard to Lousiville, following two nights of protests against the fatal police shooting in of Breonna Taylor in her home. Why it matters: Louisville was among the cities to erupt in protest after George Floyd died during an encounter with Minneapolis police, which was a bitter reminder of Louisville’s own unresolved extrajudicial killing in March. The officers involved in Taylor’s death have been placed on administrative leave but have not been formally charged, according to The New York Times. The FBI announced May 21 it would investigate the Kentucky shooting, per The ... Read more

George Floyd protest violence spurs National Guard call-ups

ATLANTA Protesters burned businesses in Minneapolis. They smashed police cars and windows in Atlanta, broke into police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and chanted curses at President Donald Trump outside the White House. Thousands also demonstrated peacefully, demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck. As anger over Mr. Floyd’s killing spread to cities nationwide, local leaders increasingly said they could need help from National Guardsmen or even military police to contain the unrest. Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state National Guard ... Read more