Missouri National Guard sending 300 troops to D.C. to help with protests


Members of the DC National Guard block an intersection on 16th Street as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The leader of the Missouri National Guard said 300 troops on Thursday will head to Washington, D.C. to help local law enforcement with civil unrest.

Adjutant General Levon Cumpton said the troops are leaving for the nation’s capital Thursday. He said the Missouri troops are tasked with helping protect “critical infrastructure.”

Cumpton said the District of Columbia National Guard requested Missouri’s help and will pay any related expenses.

Protests in the nation’s capital have been violent at times. The protests are in response to the death in Minnesota of a black man, George Floyd, who died after a white police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes.

So far, Indiana has sent about 300 National Guard troops to D.C., Tennessee has sent about 1,000 and South Carolina has sent more than 400.

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