Monday, June 1, 2020
Leaders in 23 states and the District of Columbia have activated 17,000 National Guard soldiers to help local and state law enforcement face mass protests in dozens of cities nationwide.
"As of Monday morning, a historic 66,700 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated for domestic operations across the United States in support of their governors," the branch of the Defense Department announced Monday afternoon. "This surpassed numbers of guardsmen activated during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina response, when more than 51,000 were activated."
Roughly 17,000 guardsmen will help police amid the civil unrest in cities across the country that began last week following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.