Six days after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, almost half the states in the nation, plus Washington, D.C., have found their local cops insufficient to contain the outrage alone.
Floyd and Chauvin’s home state became the first to put National Guard boots on the ground on Thursday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But as of Sunday afternoon, governors in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, and Wisconsin had sent units into riot-torn urban centers, either to back up local law enforcement or to protect sensitive locations. The reserve troops were on standby in Maryland, New York, and South Carolina.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy ordered the National Guard to assist local Park Police in the nation’s capital on Saturday, Fox 5 DC reported.