The Pentagon has dispatched 1,600 troops to the District of Columbia to contain protests. The troops are on high alert.
It is reported by Reuters.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman said the military would act in the event of a riot. He said the troops were on high alert, but “did not participate in military support for civilian operations.”
At the moment, they are not involved in police assistance.
Among the military are the police, an infantry battalion, and also engineering troops.
Despite the curfew in Washington, thousands of protesters besieged Lafayette Square in front of the White House. Some of them chanting slogans headed for the Capitol.
Recall that a few days ago in Minneapolis, police detained a black man. During the arrest, one of the policemen used a choking technique, stepping with a knee on the man’s neck. At the same time, the detainee, 46-year-old George Floyd, repeatedly told the white officer that he could not breathe. Due to the brutal detention, the man died. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was strangulation.
On May 28, protests and clashes with law enforcement officers broke out in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA). On the night of May 29, protesters in Minneapolis burned down a police station.
*On May 30, a number of protesters staged pogroms in stores. Already on June 1, protests after the murder by police of black American George Floyd swept the whole country. Also, protests took place in Berlin and London.