18,000 National Guard Troops Deployed Across US, Trump Slams “Lowlifes And Losers” For Riot Chaos
- President Trump threatens to deploy military
- At least nine dead, +4,000 arrested, riots rage in 140 cities as riots rage for the seventh day
- National Guard deployed in 29 states
- 40 cities to impose strict curfews
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Update (1120ET): More than 18,000 National Guard troops will be assisting law enforcement authorities in 29 states, according to the head of the National Guard, adding that an additional 1,500 National Guard troops from other states will be shifted to Washington, D.C.
The National Guard Chief said there were no reports of injuries to any service members deployed across American cities, despite worsening social unrest on Monday night.
The U.S. military said it had increased force protection level at the Pentagon and military bases in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Increasing force protection at bases does two things: allows bases to counter-terrorist or other hostile adversaries.
Moments after the news hit that the National Guard upped its deployment across the U.S., President Trump tweeted:
NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast! Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
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Update (1018ET): Ahead of expected social unrest in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon/evening — Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, has just tweeted a picture of what appears to be a new fence erected around the White House.
New fencing has been erected at the north edge of Lafayette Square, adding to the sense of a fortress White House. pic.twitter.com/NP3xXRqTOE
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 2, 2020
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Update (0830ET): Last night saw the worst of the violence aimed at police officers with one dead, at least five shot, and at least four more run over by “protesters.”
At least five U.S. police were hit by gunfire during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, police and media said, hours after President Donald Trump said he would deploy the military if unrest does not stop.
- -One US Marshall killed in Las Vegas
- -Four officers shot in St. Louis
- -At least two officers run over in Buffalo, NY
- -One NYPD officer run over in the Bronx
- -Another run over in Greenwich Village
An emotional St Louis police commissioner, John Hayden, said about 200 protesters were “jumping up and down like crazy people”, looting and throwing fireworks and rocks at officers.