The Pentagon decided to withdraw the military from Washington, where they had previously been sent to ensure public order in connection with the riots due to the death of African American George Floyd
It is reported by Politico.
The corresponding decision was made by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The order to send all military personnel who were in Washington during the mass protests to places of permanent basing was signed on June 5.
US Army Secretary and Commander of the National Guard in the District of Columbia, Ryan McCarthy, explained that soldiers and officers of the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as members of the military police, are being removed from Washington by this order. This is 1,600 people.
He noted that the introduction of troops into the District of Columbia was a necessary measure due to the fact that law enforcement officers “lost control of the situation.”
In particular, on that day, protesters captured the Lincoln Memorial and part of the center of the capital.
Now 5,000 representatives of the National Guard are responsible for order in Washington.
It is worth noting that on June 6 in Washington they plan to hold a peaceful mass demonstration.
Recall that earlier in Minneapolis, police detained a black man. During the arrest, one of the policemen used a choking technique, stepping with his 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.