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Pentagon Reportedly Orders National Guard Deployed to DC To Disarm, Didn’t Consult WH

June 6, 2020   |   by admin

The District of Columbia National Guard and guardsmen from other states have been directed by the Defense Department not to use firearms or ammunition in response to the protests that have swept the country following the death of George Floyd, a new report says.

The decision was reportedly made without consulting the White House, according to The Washington Post, which cited “officials familiar with the situation.”

President Donald Trump called on governors earlier this week to deploy National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in response to the protests, according to ABC News.

The president technically controls the D.C. National Guard because the District of Columbia is a special federal jurisdiction and does not have the status of a state.

Guardsmen in the city originally carried guns while standing outside monuments, according to The Post.

But those working with the police in front of the White House didn’t carry firearms, the outlet said.

The 5,000 guardsmen who are either deploying to Washington, D.C., or are already there have now been told not to use weapons or ammunition, The Post reported, citing “four officials familiar with the order.”

“The whole purpose behind that was a purposeful show of de-escalation,” a defense official told The Washington Post on condition of anonymity because the order hadn’t been made public at the time.

“We’re here, but we’re walking things down.”

A senior defense official confirmed that the White House wasn’t involved in the decision.

“The order affected only about 10 guardsmen who had been out on patrol with firearms that weren’t loaded but with ammunition in their packs, the senior defense official said,” according to The Post.

Trump had initially responded to the protests by deploying the D.C. guardsmen, calling up guardsmen from other states and bringing in personnel from the Bureau of Prisons and Customs and Border Protection to help keep the peace in the streets.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized the president for not requiring some federal law enforcement agents to wear identifying uniforms or badges.

The situation in the city became tense after the D.C. Guard began to conduct military maneuvers in helicopters to try to disperse crowds of protesters.

Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have previously clashed over the president’s desire to use military force in response to the protests in D.C.

On Thursday, another standoff with the Pentagon came to an end when Trump agreed to send home 82nd Airborne Division troops he had ordered to come to Washington, The New York Times reported.

The active-duty troops remained on alert outside the city while the National Guard was deployed near the White House and elsewhere in the city.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Via thefederalistpapers

Recent Comments

  1. ellsa

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    June 6, 2020 @ 4:47 pm

    Mr. President put these generals asses out on the streets w/o firearms to defend themselves. Nothing is more useless than an unloaded firearm. Let them arrest these paid criminals that are destroying our country.

    Send them to Gitmo to await trial.
    Strip them of citizenship,and DEPORT to a country they like, i.e.Africa or Russia or China or Iran. Let them experience (best teacher) iscommunism that they are advocating for and too stupid to know what they are doing. Money will buy Congress and looters.

    The press is aiding-and-abbetting these criminals. Press take cameras AWAY!!!

    • Roger

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      June 7, 2020 @ 1:39 pm

      I AGREE WITH YOU ELLSA 100%, I COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER

  2. FOFY286

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    June 7, 2020 @ 6:45 am

    A rather a disturbing piece of information. Considering the use of rocks, bricks and firebombs seems to have been fairly common in the reports. The police on line blocking actions have had body length shields for at least a moderate level of protection but I have not seen any pictures showing shields in use by guard members. Don’t even know if they have them to be issued. You don’t suppose that obviously armed guardsmen might have cut back or eliminated the shooting at police. A cop has to pull a sidearm for use, a guard with a rifle in hand I expect is more convincing about possible results for shots fired. The whole response to “” peaceful protest evolving into riot was not thought out in advance as it should have been. How many times in the past decade have protests of any size not turned into looting and burning? Especially for one about this type of incident it has become a ritual for crying out loud. No, if it was not defused before it got a start you have an obviously armed and ready force on patrol, it is safer for every one. Include an officer who gets to make the call if that is more comfortable. There is a time for playing very soft and then there is the time for going soft with a big bruiser holding a big club standing behind you.

  3. Gregory Lang

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    June 10, 2020 @ 1:02 pm

    Putting the guard on the street without weapons is like buying a new car without an engine! I want who ever is protecting me to be fully armed. How many politicians have unarmed guards protecting them? Don’t the guard have the right to bare arms against an aggressive mob? How can they protect the public when they can’t protect them selves

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