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    By SCOTT BAUER and TODD RICHMOND MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a state senator, threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol Tuesday night, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside. The violence broke out as a group of 200 to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. On Wednesday night, about 40 people gathered peacefully outside the county jail where the man was being held, calling for his release. A crowd of about 100 people congregated outside the Capitol, where one of the statues...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump says he is running for re-election as the “law and order” candidate. He claims he sent National Guard troops to Minneapolis to restore order after the death of George Floyd — but that never happened. To hear the president tell it, Minnesota did not act quickly enough to stop the violence and destruction in Minneapolis, so he stepped in. “And we saved it by me enforcing and sending the troops in, the National Guard. I insisted on it. But that was after four days, they should have done it on night number one, instead of having the police run away, give up the precinct,” Trump said. The president tweeted about the Minneapolis unrest 23 times: threatening to take control, to send in the military, and famously tweeting, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” He tweeted 15 times about Minnesota’s National Guard, now...
    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers activated the National Guard on Wednesday after protesters toppled two statues, vandalized buildings and a state senator was attacked outside the Capitol during a night of violence that erupted following daylong protests. The guardsmen will protect state properties and "make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state buildings and infrastructure," Gov. Tony Evers said. The unrest that unfolded Tuesday night began after 200 to 300 protesters marched through downtown Madison and escalated once they reached the state Capitol grounds. Some tried breaking into the Capitol building but were repelled by police inside with pepper spray. “The mob has become very bold,” said Madison Alderman Paul Skidmore. “They see they can get away with a little, and they inch forward more and more. [Downtown Madison] is a battle zone right now, and I fear for my city.” DAILY CALLER REPORTER SWARMED,...
    Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Metropolitan Police Department did not respond or declined to comment on whether they would protect the Emancipation Memorial on Thursday night, when protesters have vowed to tear it down. Protesters surrounded the statue Tuesday night and vowed to bring equipment and tear it down Thursday  at 7p.m. Bowser’s office did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls from the Daily Caller asking whether she planned to protect the statue. The Metropolitan Police Department declined to comment, saying it did not comment on operations. The statue, which stands in Lincoln Park in the nation’s capital, depicts President Abraham Lincoln with his left hand outstretched over a freed slave who is rising from his knees. Erected in 1876, the statue was paid for almost entirely by freed slaves, and Frederick Douglass delivered the dedication address, saying it represented the gratitude all black Americans...
    Wisconsin’s governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a state senator, threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol Tuesday night, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside. The violence broke out as a group of 200 to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. Gov. Tony Evers, who toured the damage and said the violence was in “stark contrast” to earlier peaceful protests, said he was activating the National Guard "to make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state...
    The D.C. National Guard will send unarmed members to assist the U.S. Park Police in defending national monuments around Washington, D.C., as protesters across the country deface and damage statues and increase calls for the removal of many. "The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by," National Guard spokesman Maj. Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. "Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure."Photos: Raging Protests in MinneapolisView All 19 ImagesA defense official told CNN that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy approved the move on Tuesday, after Park Police made a request for assistance. The official said that no forces have been deployed yet and all remain inside their barracks. Currently, about 100 troops are in the D.C. area, but that number could grow to 400...
    The National Guard will send unarmed personnel to assist the U.S. Park Police’s efforts to protect national monuments in Washington, D.C., following a series of incidents where protesters have torn down statues. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that 100, up to 400, National Guard members will provide security and crowd management to keep monuments from being defaced or destroyed. President Donald Trump had ordered the National Guard troops out of Washington earlier this month. "The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by," National Guard spokesman Major Robert Perino told CNN in a statement. "Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure." Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy authorized the move in a memo on Tuesday, following a request from the National Park Police. “They remain on standby at the D.C. Armory at...
    The National Guard will soon send unarmed personnel to monuments and memorials around Washington, D.C., to help U.S. Park Police protect them. President Trump and officials in the administration have blasted protesters for attacking national monuments and said law enforcement officials do not have enough resources to protect monuments during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, who perished while in the custody of Minneapolis police. That will soon change. “The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by,” National Guard spokesman Maj. Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. “Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure.” Guard members are set to stay deployed through July 4 and their number may top 400, according to CNN. A defense official says Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy signed...
    The Trump administration has activated the National Guard to protect monuments during anti-racism protests in Washington, according to a report. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt requested the deployment this week, Fox News first reported, citing a senior defense official. The move follows the toppling on Friday of DC’s only statue of a Confederate leader, Albert Pike, near the city’s police headquarters. On Monday, protesters unsuccessfully tried to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson facing the White House. President Trump called the assault on Jackson’s statue, which was lassoed with ropes, a “sneak attack” and warned activists they face up to 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. The number of people protesting against racism and police brutality in Washington has diminished since an initial wave of protests in late May and early June against the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. But significant protests continue, including...
    The National Guard has agreed to send unarmed members to assist U.S. Park Police in securing Washington’s national monuments, CNN reported Wednesday. The request comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary McGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results due next week NY Republican Chris Jacobs wins special election to replace Chris Collins MORE and other administration officials have been critical of protesters responding to the death of George Floyd and efforts to remove or deface various statues. "The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by," National Guard spokesman Major Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. "Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure." Guard members are expected to stay in the area through July Fourth and may number as high...
    Washington (CNN)The DC National Guard will provide unarmed guard members to assist with additional security for monuments in Washington, DC, the National Guard Bureau said Wednesday."The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by, National Guard spokesman Major Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. "Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure."A defense official says Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy signed the memo Tuesday authorizing the activation of the DC National Guard forces, after the National Park Police made a request for the assistance. The official strongly emphasized that no Guard forces have yet been sent onto the streets and so far have all stayed inside their barracks. There are currently about 100 troops in the immediate Washington, DC, area. The activation could grow to 400 in total...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two teens were arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a sergeant in the Mississippi National Guard. XaJavier King, 19, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault for the shooting that killed Sgt. Stephen Matory at an apartment complex in Jackson on Thursday morning, the city's police department said in a Twitter post. Chaela Edwards, 18, was also charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. Jackson police said last week that Matory, 24, was a bystander when he was fatally shot at Summer Park Apartments. The Mississippi National Guard said in a statement they were “devastated” by his death. “This young soldier was a rising star in our ranks. He was a soldier’s soldier,” Lt. Col. Deidre D. Smith told The Clarion Ledger. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed....
    President Donald Trump isn’t planning on imminently sending federal assets to reclaim the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, Wash. despite repeatedly threatening to do so, he told the Daily Caller in an exclusive Oval Office interview. Trump spoke with the Caller for more than an hour Friday evening on a variety of issues, including racial inequality, coronavirus, advertising boycotts, John Bolton, China, and the 2020 election. In recent days, Trump has urged Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to deploy National Guard troops to retake CHAZ and said that he himself “will take care of it” if Inslee fails to act. The president said Monday that he had discussed the situation with Attorney General Bill Barr. When asked by the Caller what Barr is “advising” him to do, POTUS said he’s currently “sitting back and watching this catastrophe.” TULSA, OKLAHOMA – JUNE 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign...
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force inspector general is investigating whether the military improperly used a little-known reconnaissance plane to monitor protests in Washington and Minneapolis this month, the Air Force said on Thursday. The inquiry was apparently prompted by lawmakers who expressed concerns to Pentagon officials that the use of military surveillance airplanes may have violated the civil liberties of the mostly peaceful protesters demonstrating against the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis as well as other African Americans around the United States. “Following discussions with the secretary of defense about shared concerns, the secretary of the Air Force is conducting an investigation into the use of Air National Guard RC-26 aircraft to support civil authorities during recent protest activity in U.S. cities,” Brig. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, the chief Air Force spokesman, said in response to questions from the New York Times. In a statement, Ryder declined to...
    An abandoned bus in the Alaska backcountry, popularized by the book "Into the Wild" and movie of the same name, was removed Thursday, state officials said. The decision prioritizes public safety, Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said. The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone service and marked by unpredictable weather and at-times swollen rivers. Some have had to be rescued or have died. Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book and movie, died there in 1992. In this photo released by the Alaska National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers use a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to airlift an abandoned bus, popularized by the book and movie "Into the Wild, out of its location in the Alaska backcountry on June 18, 2020.  Sgt. Seth LaCount / AP The rescue earlier this year of five Italian tourists and death last year of a woman from Belarus intensified...
    The Oklahoma Army National Guard is activating up to 250 soldiers to help provide security during President Trump’s campaign rally Saturday in Tulsa, authorities said Wednesday. The guardsmen will be used as a “force multiplier” to help state and local police secure safety zones around the downtown BOK Center, where the rally will be held, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said, according to The Washington Times. “The guardsmen will be unarmed but will carry shields, batons and pepper spray in case they need to protect themselves, said Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Geoff Legler,” said The Times. Trump had originally scheduled the campaign rally for Friday, June 19, which is known as Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the first time slaves in Texas were told about the Emancipation Proclamation. Trump moved the date after an outcry from critics. But his rally will still coincide with a two-day Juneteenth celebration Friday and...
    (CNN)The preliminary results of a National Guard investigation found a lack of clarity in orders played a significant role in a medical evacuation helicopter flying at extremely low altitude over protesters in the nation's capital earlier this month, according to two defense officials.The Washington, DC, National Guard's fact-finding probe into why a National Guard UH-72 medical helicopter flew just above protesters on the streets of Washington on June 1 has wrapped, the officials told CNN. The report has been delivered to the head of the DC National Guard, Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, who can accept or reject any recommendations or order further action such as administrative punishment, including letters of reprimand, the officials said. The results could be made public later this week. However, if Walker proceeds with administrative punishment those involved would have 10 days to respond, which would push the public release into next week.The report goes...
    On Wednesday, families of 700 Minnesota National Guard members picked up steak dinner packs from Mancini’s Char House, provided by Serving Our Troops, a St. Paul civic group. Along with packing and handing out the dinners to families, Serving Our Troops is hosting a ceremony Friday for the Guard members, who are heading for deployment in Africa. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional military departure ceremony and family sendoff was changed to a livestream event. The video stream will be available for families to watch at 4 p.m. Friday before the Guard members leave. Nearly 700 soldiers from the Mankato, Minn.-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry are being deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “Our battalion will serve as part of a Task Force to improve security posture at U.S. installations and forward operating bases in the AFRICOM region, while maintaining a rapidly deployable force prepared to respond to crisis,”...
    President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy the National Guard to quell Black Lives Matter protests in the nation’s capital has cost U.S. taxpayers about $21 million as of this past Friday, a spokesperson for the guard told The Daily Beast.  That projected cost includes the deployment of the guard to the District from 12 different states, the spokesperson said. The official mission, the spokesperson said, was “to support the D.C. civil unrest operations.” About $18.2 million of the total cost of the operation was dedicated to pay and allowance for the guard and about $2.9 million went to operations and management, which included transportation and lodging. The total estimated tally does not include costs for aircraft that were used to transport guard personnel from supporting states to D.C. It also doesn’t account for the other various law enforcement units that were dispatched to the capital to deal with the...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned a military court conviction of a national guard officer accused of sexual assault, arguing lack of jurisdiction because the man wasn’t on active duty when the alleged assault happened. The high court on Thursday ruled 6-1 that the military tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear the case against Chief Warrant Officer 4 Adam Childers, who was court-martialed over an alleged sexual assault in 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. Childers pleaded guilty to charges of cruelty and maltreatment and of failure to obey order or regulation at court-martial in 2018. In his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop the sexual misconduct charges. He was dismissed from the National Guard and confined for 180 days during his appeal, his attorney Nathan Freeburg said. TOP STORIES Up next: The Jefferson Memorial must go Bigger than life: George Floyd known for...
    (CNN)Washington state is summoning the National Guard to battle its backlog of unemployment claims.The state is still struggling to process tens of thousands of unemployment applications amid a massive fraud attack, as well as a surge in filings triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Washington flagged 190,000 claims in mid-May as possible "imposter fraud," where criminals using stolen personal information sign up for benefits. The state unemployment agency, which temporarily paused payments while it validated all claims, is giving special attention to these suspect applications.About 50 National Guard members will arrive next week and undergo training, which should take one or two days, said Nick Demerice, a spokesman for the state's Employment Security Department. They will focus on verifying the identity of the 42,000 residents who fell into the suspect batch but were receiving benefits before mid-May.Another 36,000 applications have other issues that have to be addressed, Suzi LeVine, the agency's...
    Jake Hackney, a member of California’s National Guard, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the protests in Los Angeles following the death of George Floyd. “I was sitting here. I was about to go hang out with some friends for the evening and instead got the call to head down to our armory to get ready to go out to help with everything going on.” Hackney said he was not sure how long he would be in Los Angeles. “We were told pack for three to five days. We ended up being there for nine days.” Hackney also described what it was like being among the protests, his interactions with the protesters and more. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Their Motives To Me Are Questionable’: Black Republican Congressional Candidate Knocks Celebrities For Bailing Out Rioters) WATCH: Make sure you go and follow us on all of our social media pages: Twitter: https://goo.gl/fnYe4v...
    (CNN)Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday ordered a review of the National Guard's support of law enforcement across the country amid unrest over the death of George Floyd.The review, which is considered standard procedure following any significant operation, will be led by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and will specifically evaluate the National Guard's work with federal and local law enforcement in recent weeks, according to a Pentagon news release. The evaluation will address a range of issues including training, organizing and deployment of National Guard forces. "In recent weeks, the National Guard has performed professionally and capably in support of law enforcement in cities across the United States," Esper said in a statement. "I have the greatest respect for, and am deeply proud of our Soldiers and Airmen who served during this period to ensure that peaceful protestors could execute their First Amendment rights, and that they and others would...
    At least two South Carolina National Guardsmen reportedly discovered glass in their pizza while deployed in Washington, D.C. Last week, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) sent about 500 soldiers to Washington, D.C., in response to the protests associated with the death of George Floyd. What are the details? Members of the South Carolina National Guard say they found glass in their pizza during their deployment. At least two soldiers who were staying at the Marriott Marquis Hotel reportedly used Uber Eats to deliver the pizza from a local restaurant. The restaurant remains unnamed at the time of this reporting. The Charleston Post and Courier reported that the pizza appeared to have shards of glass baked into the dough as well as the cheese. According to the Military Times, the soldiers were not harmed. In a statement, Capt. Jessica Donnelly — a spokesperson for the...
    Two soldiers from South Carolina’s National Guard who were recently deployed to the nation’s capital to quell unrest following the death of George Floyd reportedly found shards of glass baked into a pizza they had ordered there. The startling discovery was made amid the dough and cheese after the pie arrived at the Marriott Marquis Hotel where the troops had been staying, according to The Post and Courier newspaper, citing a report from the Department of Defense. The report said the troops did not eat the pizza. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  “The command says that the soldiers are OK, and that this was the only incident to their knowledge," Capt. Jessica Donnelly, a spokeswoman for S.C. National Guard, told The Post and Courier. Donnelly added that the soldiers were advised to file a police report, but D.C.’s Metro Police Department says nothing yet is on file.
    Some of the D.C. National Guard troops who were deployed to protests in the nation’s capital tested positive for coronavirus, a spokeswoman said. The troops tested positive on Tuesday after they were deployed to assist local law enforcement on May 31, D.C. National Guard spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Brooke Davis told McClatchy DC. Though she would not say how many troops tested positive, officials said they “believe it is not currently a large number.” There were 1,300 D.C. National Guard members deployed along with National Guardsmen from 11 other states, according to McClatchy DC. It was not possible to maintain proper social distancing during the protests, and a number of the troops were not wearing face coverings. Dr. Anthony Fauci reacted to news Wednesday that the DC National Guard says some of its troops contracted coronavirus while responding to protests, calling the development “disturbing,” but “not surprising,” given the...
    Some D.C. National Guard troops deployed to protests in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Tuesday — as top White House Coronavirus Task Force members warned governors of a possible spike in infections tied to the nationwide demonstrations. The service members were among 1,300 D.C. National Guard members called to assist law enforcement in responding to anti-police brutality protests in the nation’s capital beginning on May 31, a spokeswoman confirmed to McClatchy DC. She would not say how many troops had tested positive for the virus, but U.S. officials told The Associated Press they believe it is not currently a large number. The news follows reports that two members of the Nebraska National Guard who were activated to respond to protests in Lincoln also tested positive. About 5,000 troops were in Washington for the civil unrest, with the D.C. guards being joined by National Guardsmen from 11 states:...
    The National Guard is beginning to pull back its presence in states across the country after its historic response to unrest over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd in police custody last month. Governors and mayors in more than two dozen states activated the National Guard last month to respond to protests that in some cases escalated into violent riots. TRUMP WITHDRAWS NATIONAL GUARD FROM WASHINGTON DC, SAYS EVERYTHING IS 'UNDER PERFECT CONTROL' A Pentagon official told Fox News on Tuesday that the National Guard saw its high-water mark several days ago, and that there will be a “very steady decline” in the coming days as states "out-process" those National Guard forces on duty. As of Tuesday, according to the official, 38,498 National Guard soldiers were still active — a decline from the 43,300 active on Saturday. The official told Fox News that National Guard soldiers from Tennessee and South Carolina are...
    At least some of the highly alarming unidentified federal police auxiliaries deployed within the nation’s capital will stand down, according to representatives from the Department of Homeland Security.  “CBP is demobilizing personnel and they will be returning to their routine duties,” a spokesperson for Customs and Border Patrol told The Daily Beast on Monday.  An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told The Daily beast that its forces will withdraw as well.  The timetable for demobilization is still unclear. CBP and ICE personnel are only two components of a force that sprung up nearly overnight in front of federal buildings during the protests against institutional racism in policing.  But according to a DHS document published by Yahoo News, CBP deployed 400 personnel to the counterprotest mission, making it the largest DHS contingent of a reported 1,300-strong irregular force. The same document cited 160 ICE officers deployed amid the protests in the...
    The National Guard is withdrawing from the Los Angeles area — even as thousands of largely peaceful protests continue across Southern California over the death of George Floyd, according to a report on Sunday. The pullout could be completed by later Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources —  but another source told the that a small number would stay behind to protect some key sites. Mayor Eric Garcetti called in the Guard on May 30 after initially peaceful protests devolved into looting, vandalism and arson in several locations that police blamed on people not linked to the rallies. Thousands of people have been arrested, many for curfew violations. Since then, the instances of criminal behavior have dropped significantly. The curfews were called off last Thursday after the American Civil Liberties Union sued Los Angeles and the county, claiming they violated people’s constitutional rights to free expression. There were...
    The commander of the National Guard in Washington D.C. has said additional troops brought to the district could leave as soon as Monday, according to a report. Nearly 4,000 extra National Guards troops brought in from 11 other states to help D.C.’s 1,200 soldiers so they could return home, National Guard commander Maj. Gen. William J. Walker told CNN. “They will be redeploying this week. Probably as early as Monday,” Walker told the outlet. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who oversees the D.C. National Guard, confirmed to the outlet that sending the activated out-of-state National Guard troops home was a possibility because protests have been peaceful. “I think that if we look at the trend that we’re on right now we’re in very good shape and we’re looking at that option very closely,” McCarthy told CNN. Muriel Bowser, Washington’s mayor, has also called for the troops to leave the city —...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Thousands of additional troops in the nation's capital could be leaving as early as Monday, according to the commander of the DC National Guard.Maj. Gen. William J. Walker told CNN in an exclusive interview Saturday that the nearly 4,000 additional National Guard forces that have been brought to DC from other states could begin leaving after the weekend."They will be redeploying this week. Probably as early as Monday," said Walker.The presence of the out-of-state National Guard troops has been a major point of contention between DC officials and the Trump Administration.Walker said that the approximately 3,900 out-of-state National Guard forces from 11 states had been sought by the Defense Department to help bolster the 1,200-strong DC contingent that had been activated in the face of the unrest and that all the additional number of forces that the Pentagon had determined were required had been sent to DC by...
    On June 6, 1944, among those to take the first harrowing steps on the wet sands of Normandy were National Guardsmen from Maryland’s 29th Infantry Division. They bled just as much as their comrades in arms. They fought just as hard to get off the beaches. And when those who survived crested the scrubby bluffs above the German defenses, they changed the course of World War II. Today we remember D-Day – exactly 76 years ago – as a signature achievement of the Greatest Generation. Still, D-Day was just one day. In addition to serving abroad, armed forces members from the citizen-militias of the colonial era to our modern-day warriors have safeguarded American communities faithfully and selflessly for two-and-a-half centuries. They saved San Francisco after the Great Earthquake and fire of 1906. They helped rescue New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, both National Guard and active-duty forces helped bend...
    Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser's decision to evict National Guardsmen and call on President Trump to withdraw federal law enforcement amid massive protests does not exhibit good leadership, Frederick County, Md. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins asserted Saturday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends Weekend" with host Pete Hegseth, Jenkins said he believes the president is "doing the absolute right thing" by sending military reinforcements to help police streets in cities nationwide. PETE HEGSETH BLASTS DC MAYOR, SAYS NATIONAL GUARD PREVENTED DESECRATION OF MONUMENTS "He has the obligation to bring troops in, to protect government assets, government properties," he stated. "And, in fact, he is supporting the mayor who is elected to govern in that city." Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests continue to be...
    “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth ripped into Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, saying that she owed the National Guard thanks for saving her city. Hegseth, who hit the streets of the nation’s capital with the National Guard earlier in the week, responded to news that Bowser had called on the White House to get the guard out of the city and even refused to pay a local hotel for the rooms set aside for troops that were brought in to keep peace after nights of riots and looting. (RELATED: Army Vet And Fox News Host Took The New Army Fitness Test — Here’s How He Did) WATCH: Hegseth spoke with Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger earlier in the show, who argued that Bowser had made the wrong call in pushing to have the National Guard removed, and Hegseth agreed. “Of course the congressman is totally right,” Hegseth...
    Were it not for National Guard soldiers deployed to Washington, D.C., this week, all of the most cherished monuments in the nationa's capital would have been defaced by violent protesters, Fox News' Pete Hegseth said Friday night. In addition, the White House likely would have been besieged, the co-host of "Fox & Friends Weekend" said during an appearance on "Hannity." Hegseth knows firsthand, because he spent some time serving with the Guard in D.C. during the unrest. PETE HEGSETH SERVES WITH NATIONAL GUARD AMID DC UNREST: A 'DICEY SCENE' THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE "I was there for three nights on the streets of Washington, D.C.," Hegseth said. "At one point, it was me and a handful of other guys standing at the Vietnam War Memorial to defend it from people who would want to deface it, after the Lincoln Memorial." Hegseth said that while he was stationed at The Wall, he prayed and began to think how...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., praised the National Guard Friday while reacting to the D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser calling for them to leave her city. "I think our National Guard is a blessing to the nation. These are citizen soldiers who have left Utah and South Carolina to come up here to D.C. to try to help keep order," Graham said on "Your World with Neil Cavuto." "They've been guarding monuments, been washing off some pretty grotesque graffiti on on our monuments in town. This is the center of America's government." DC MAYOR BOWSER UNVEILS 'BLACK LIVES MATTER PLAZA' NEAR WHITE HOUSE The Utah National Guard confirmed Friday that 200 service members are being kicked out of hotels in the nation's capital as Bowser clashes with President Trump over the handling of the George Floyd protests in the city. Bowser, who wants all non-D.C. troops out of the city, blamed the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday urged mayors and other local authorities around the state to end reliance on the National Guard and curfews to help deal with policing of protests over the death of George Floyd. “As they recognize the conditions have changed for the positive I would highly encourage them to pull back on those supports,” Newsom said following days of protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Some California cities and counties have already ended curfews because protests were largely peaceful in recent days following heavy bouts of violence, but others still have the curfews in effect. TOP STORIES Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Mark Cubans Dear White People message implores: We are the ones that need to change Portland, Oregon: No more school resource officers after George Floyd...
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that a National Guard soldier who was removed from his unit's mission in Washington, D.C., after the FBI learned the individual expressed white supremacist ideology over the Internet will likely be booted from the military following due process. In a series of tweets, the Republican governor said he supports free speech, but that "Guardsmen and women are sworn to protect all of us, regardless of race, ethnic background, or religion." "Anyone who displays malice toward specific groups of Americans has no place in the @OHNationalGuard," DeWine said. He did not elaborate on what the guard member posted online. Calls to the Ohio National Guard were not immediately returned. Around 100 members of the Ohio National Guard were sent to the nation's capital in recent days at the request of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The soldiers were tasked with assisting in security at the White House, national monuments and protecting businesses. The...
    The Utah National Guard confirmed Friday that 200 service members are being kicked out of hotels in the nation's capital as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser clashes with President Trump over the handling of the George Floyd protests in the city. Bowser, who wants all non-D.C. troops out of the city, blamed the National Guard relocation on a budget issue and said the city will not pay for the accommodations — amid days of protests over racial injustice, some of which have been violent. DC MAYOR BOWSER UNVEILS 'BLACK LIVES MATTER PLAZA' NEAR WHITE HOUSE "Last night, we were informed that our service members would be relocated from their hotel rooms," the Utah National Guard said in a statement Friday. Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, pictured on the left, after kicking out Utah National Guard soldiers deployed to the nation's capital as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Maj. Jaime...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho National Guard is sending about 400 members to Washington to be deployed at monuments and federal buildings in the nation’s capital amid protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The announcement came after the National Guard Bureau requested volunteers to go to Washington temporarily amid Black Lives Matter protests that erupted over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after an officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. The Guard is expected to pay for any related expenses related to the deployment, KIVI-TV reported. TOP STORIES Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial defaced by vandals in rioting Twitter removes Trump campaigns George Floyd tribute Portland, Oregon: No more school resource officers after George Floyd death “Regardless of where we are in the U.S., our role is to support...
    President Trump said Friday that it was “like a piece of cake” to suppress violent protests in Washington and urged governors who are “too proud” to send in the National Guard. Trump also said a drop in jobless numbers made Friday a “great day” for George Floyd, whose killing by Minnesota police sparked unrest, including outside the White House. “The Secret Service was incredible, but we were also helped by the DC police and we were helped by the National Guard, was unbelievable. They came in and they…this was like a piece of cake,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “I’m suggesting to some of these governors that are too proud — in New York, I mean you see what’s going on there. Don’t be proud, get the job done. You’ll end up looking much better in the end. Call in the National Guard. Call me. We’ll have so many...
    Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has not exactly embraced the presence of the National Guard deployed to contain the violent protests in the nation's capital, but her push to evict Guard troops from city hotels is nothing short of "ridiculous," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Friday. "In essence what she would be saying is, [she] would have the National Guard stay in tents or maybe at the Super 8 in Virginia because this hotel is too nice, and it's ridiculous," Kinzinger told "America's News HQ." DC MAYOR VOWS TO PUSHBACK ON FEDERAL PRESENCE IN WAKE OF FLOYD UNREST On Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told Fox News he was informed that Bowser planned to evict at least 1,200 National Guard troops from city hotels after she clashed with President Trump over the handling of George Floyd unrest, and spoke out against the need for federal troops in the city. According to Lee, Bowser carried out her plans Friday morning, evicting Utah National Guard soldiers and other forces from their hotel...
    Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she wants out-of-state military troops gone from the city. “The very first thing is we want the military — we want troops from out-of-state out of Washington, D.C.,” Bowser stated, as reported by CNN. She added that there were “federal military assets that we did not request that we understand are under direction of Attorney General (William) Barr.” Bowser also promoted an open letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent to President Trump Thursday expressing “concern” about the “increased militarization” in response to the wave of riots sweeping the nation. Bowser tweeted Thursday: “Thank you [Speaker Pelosi] for standing with DC as we push back on uninvited military, out-of-state National Guard [and] unidentifiable federal officials amassing on our streets for the glorification of one man who sits afraid/alone If it can happen in DC, what jurisdiction is next?”...
    Some protesters "would have defaced every monument, they would have looted every business they could, and they would have gone all the way to the White House," "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth said Friday after returning home from a three-day National Guard deployment in Washington, D.C. Recalling the violence he witnessed on the ground, Hegseth called it a "dicey scene" as rioters assaulted police and members of the Guard with frozen water bottles, bricks, and fireworks. He said there were many peaceful protesters, but also violent groups mixing in. "It's scary, guys," Hegseth told "Fox & Friends" hosts Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy and Griff Jenkins. "Thank God for the men and women who wear the uniform of the Metro PD, of the federal agencies that were there and then the D.C. National Guard for what they stood up for, what they took," he went on. LELAND VITTERS RECALLS HOSTILE ATTACK FROM FLOYD PROTESTERS "The vile things said to them as they stood on the line...it was an honor to serve with them. If the National...
    As throngs of protesters continued to demonstrate against police brutality in Washington, D.C. Thursday night, two Nationals Guardsmen posted near Lafayette Square across from the White House were hospitalized following a lightning strike, according to reports. The soldiers were not directly struck but "felt the effects of a nearby lightning strike” Vito Maggiolo, spokesman for the district's fire and emergency medical services department, said early Friday, according to NBC News. The National Guard was deployed to the capital this week to protect protesters and the city’s landmarks as peaceful demonstrations have sometimes been overtaken by agitators, especially in front of the White House. Thunderstorms that descended on the capital in the evening hardly dampened the spirits of those protesting against the police custody death of George Floyd – a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes last...
    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says he's hearing that Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser plans to evict at least 1,200 National Guard troops from city hotels after she clashed with President Trump over the handling of George Floyd unrest in the city. If the reports from his sources are true, he won't be happy, Lee told “Fox News @ Night.” “I find this very strange,” Lee said. “They [the soldiers] came here at the request of their country and now, in the middle of it, in the middle of a deployment, in the middle of their fourth consecutive all-nighter, they’re being told they’re not welcome there. That is unpatriotic; that is unacceptable.” REP. WALTZ: NATIONAL GUARD MUST DEPLOY TO ALLOW POLICE TO KEEP ORDER, STOP LOOTERS Bowser has spoken out against the need for federal troops in the city. “We are examining every legal question about the president’s authority to send troops, even National Guard, to the...
    Two National Guard members deployed to patrol Washington, DC amid widespread protests in the city were injured by a lightning strike early Friday morning, a report said. The members were near Lafayette Square when lightning hit the area near them and they were injured by the strike, NBC News reported. They were rushed to an area hospital with serious injures, but expected to survive, according to the report. Earlier this week, US Park Police forcefully cleared protesters out of the square before President Trump posed with a bible in front of nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church. Trump said on Wednesday that he did not know Park Police would use smoke canisters and pepper balls to push back protesters who had been occupying the site for days. “Now, when I said, ‘Go to the church’, I didn’t know protesters or not. Nobody tells me that. They say, ‘Yes, sir. We’ll go...
    Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told "Hannity" Thursday that the National Guard may be needed to help control unrest in the city amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd. "The NYPD has 38,000 police officers, and I would think enough police officers to do the job," Kelly said, "but I’m starting to think if this continues for a couple more nights, we are going to need the National Guard. "That was not my initial position," Kelly added, "but something has got to be done." TRUMP SLAMS DE BLASIO FOR REJECTING NATIONAL GUARD Kelly, the longest-serving commissioner in NYPD history, said NYPD officers are exhausted from working extended shifts, "being assaulted in every possible way, run down [by cars], hit by bricks, trashed." On Wednedsay evening, an NYPD officer was randomly attacked and stabbed in the neck while patrolling in Brooklyn, which resulted in a struggle that caused two additional officers to suffer gunshot wounds. In addition, a shocking video posted on social media early...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington, D.C., pressed the Trump administration and several state governments Thursday to justify the legality of their decision to send a growing contingent of National Guard troops to the nation’s capital in the wake of street protests. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said in letters sent Thursday that he was “reviewing the legality of aspects of the federal government’s response to the George Floyd protests in the city.” In letters sent to Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Racine said the district’s government “has received very little information about the legal basis for these entities’ presence.” In all of the letters, Racine asked the federal and state authorities to explain the legal authority for the deployments, the troops’ mission and whether they have been given the authority to make arrests. On Tuesday, the...
    The White House returned fire on Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday, saying her lack of “leadership” forced President Trump to order a massive federal deployment to pacify anti-police brutality protests. Bowser earlier said she did not invite thousands of National Guard members from other states and wants them to leave, then mocked Trump as “alone” and “afraid” amid the increasing militarization of downtown Washington. White House spokesman Judd Deere said, however, that it was necessary for the Trump administration to amass forces to support city police because of Bowser’s failure to subdue property damage and violence on Saturday and Sunday. “Unfortunately, the mayor did not provide early leadership to ensure peaceful protests and prevent riots and violence as demonstrated by the arson to St. John’s Church, defacing of national monuments and destruction of several COVID-19 testing sites in vulnerable communities, forcing the president to take necessary action to...
    About 700 paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne are being sent back to Fort Bragg on Thursday, a senior Defense official told Fox News, after they were part of an initial group of 1,600 active-duty troops who were being sent to bases outside of Washington, D.C., following recent civil unrest. “The Department made the decision to return members of some of the active-duty units in the capital region to their home base," the source said. "Military leaders are continuously monitoring this dynamic situation. Return of the remainder of the active duty service members will be conditions-based." The remaining 900 soldiers -- mostly military police units -- will remain in the D.C. area on standby in case they are needed. The active-duty Army soldiers never entered the nation's capital. The number of National Guard troops in D.C. has tripled in the past few days. About 4,500 troops are now deployed inside the nation's capital, which is about the same number presently...
    SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee National Guard troops face a “tremendous challenge” as they head to the nation’s capital at the request of President Donald Trump to help quell protests that have arisen in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Gov. Bill Lee told troops on Thursday. “You’ve been called upon to protect the rights, the freedoms, and the privileges that Americans have to peacefully protest - to exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that they feel safe, and therefore, they can be heard,” Lee said before the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment boarded a C-17 headed to Washington D.C. “But you’ve also been called up to protect the lives and the property … against those who hijack peaceful protests and turn them into violent riots. Balancing that protection is a tremendous challenge,” the Republican continued. TOP STORIES Gov. Ralph Northam to announce removal plans...
    LA MESA, Calif. (AP) - The California National Guard sent 200 troops to San Diego County to try to prevent violence three days after arsonists and people stealing from businesses destroyed much of a suburb’s quaint downtown area. Troops moved into La Mesa Wednesday night to protect police headquarters and major streets from possible protests about police use of force. On Thursday, sheriff’s Lt. Ricardo Lopez said there were about 25 troops in the city of 60,000 people. TOP STORIES Portland, Oregon: No more school resource officers after George Floyd death Eye-gouging and PowerPoint: Project Veritas infiltrates Antifa in undercover video Presidential race contrasts Trumps success versus Bidens chronic failure Guard trucks were parked outside city buildings but troops were not visible. Volunteers painted plywood boards on storefront windows with phrases such as “La Mesa Strong.” San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore requested the 200 troops for deployment...
    (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said she wants out-of-state military troops out of the nation's capital after they were called in to handle the protests over the death of George Floyd."The very first thing is we want the military -- we want troops from out-of-state out of Washington, DC," Bowser said at a press conference Thursday.In Washington and cities across America, protesters have gathered to demand justice for Floyd, who was killed last week while in custody of the Minneapolis police.On Monday, the DC National Guard was activated to assist the city's Metropolitan Police Department with the protests and rolled onto the White House complex with military trucks. As of Thursday, more than 4,500 National Guard Members had been deployed to DC -- with several states, including Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, sending their Guard troops at the request of Defense Secretary...
    Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she’s ending a curfew for residents protesting police brutality and that she wants National Guard troops from other states to leave. Bowser announced the end of four nights of curfew at a press conference following two nights of relative peace despite thousands defying her earlier curfews to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. The mayor said that she wants thousands of National Guard members from other states to return home as order is restored. Bowser said local authorities never requested guardsmen from elsewhere and are studying the legality of their deployment. “We want troops from out of state out of Washington, DC,” Bowser said. The local DC National Guard was deployed on Saturday to help protect the White House after initial skirmishes on Friday between Secret Service and protesters. After street battles between protesters and police, along with arson...
    Protesters gather in Friendship Heights near the border of Maryland and D.C. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher) Protests in D.C. following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody have stretched into a seventh day Thursday, and local leaders are expecting even bigger demonstrations over the weekend. “We have a lot of public, open-source information to suggest that the event on this upcoming Saturday may be one of the largest that we’ve had in the city,” D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham said during a briefing Thursday. “We expect that Saturday’s demonstration will, like I said, be more of the same peaceful demonstrators coming to exercise their First Amendment right in Washington, D.C.,” he said. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also announced that there would not be a curfew Thursday night, for the first time since Sunday. Protesters continued to gather throughout the day Thursday around D.C., from downtown...
    Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas sounded a lot more like Chile’s Gen. Augusto Pinochet or Paraguay’s President Alfredo Stroessner than a United States senator when, in a New York Times op-ed published on June 3, he called for President Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 and use U.S. Army troops against U.S. citizens in response to the civil unrest that has rocked American cities following the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In his op-ed (which was headlined “Send in the Military” and is being lambasted by Times staffers and civil libertarians), Cotton used textbook authoritarian arguments while asserting that dramatic steps must be taken in order to restore law and order — and the use of local law enforcement and National Guard forces, Cotton insisted, is not enough. But could the Insurrection Act of 1807 be used in the way Trump and Cotton have...
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard late Wednesday to provide safety and protection for Clay County on the western edge of the state during demonstrations planned in North Dakota in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “Local law enforcement authorities are aware of credible threats of violent activities during demonstrations planned in North Dakota that could impact nearby Minnesota communities, and have requested assistance from the Minnesota National Guard to help provide security and preserve public safety,” a release from the governor’s office reads. “The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond as necessary.” Last Saturday night, rioting took place in downtown Fargo that led to widespread vandalism and more than a dozen arrests. The riots followed a mostly peaceful protest earlier Saturday in Fargo and West Fargo. On Friday afternoon, another protest march and...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of Maryland’s National Guard are in the District of Columbia only to patrol monuments and have not been involved in altercations with protesters in the nation’s capital, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. At a news conference, Hogan said Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called him to request that guard members come to the District of Columbia because he did not want to use active-duty military during protests in the capital. Esper said Wednesday that he opposes using military troops to contain the ongoing street protests. “The secretary of defense called me directly and asked,” Hogan said. “He did not want to utilize the military, and I agree with that. I’m very much opposed to calling up the active-duty military.” TOP STORIES Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters Ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis shreds Trump: Three years without mature leadership George Soros, 89,...
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday said Missouri will send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. amid sometimes violent protests in the nation’s capital. A spokeswoman for the Missouri National Guard said the Missouri troops are heading out in response to a request for help from the District of Columbia National Guard. Col. Anna Friederich-Maggard said Missouri troops will depart over the next several days. She said she can’t say how many Missouri troops are going for security reasons. TOP STORIES Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters Ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis shreds Trump: Three years without mature leadership George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America The National Guard is in Washington supporting local law enforcement. Protests there have been violent at times. The protests are in response to the death in Minnesota of a black man,...
    An armed man was arrested overnight for allegedly impersonating a National Guard member. As Fox 11 first reported, authorities told us 31-year-old Gregory Wong was taken into custody on assault-weapon charges after being found with a cache of weapons. The Los Angeles Police Department said Wong was arrested near the intersection of E. 1st Street and N. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Several protests over the death of George Floyd have been held in the area. Sources told Fox 11 investigative reporter Bill Melugin that Wong got dropped off by an Uber right across LAPD headquarters. He then tried to get into formation with a unit of National Guard soldiers who were defending downtown LA from looters. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP However, he was quickly spotted out by soldiers based on the gun he had. Officials told Fox 11 that Wong was carrying an...
    (CNN)The National Guard. Maybe you've seen them in your community in recent months in a broad range of responsibilities: from sewing face masks for coronavirus patients to, in recent days, preventing property damage during protests. Right now, about 74,000 Guardsmen have been activated across the US. That's more than at any other point in recent history, according to the National Guard Bureau. "This civil unrest mission is an uncomfortable mission," Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said in a statement to CNN. "Our Guard members are from these communities." Here's a breakdown of what the National Guard is and what its members do -- including in moments of civil unrest. Read MoreWhat is the National Guard, and what does it do?The National Guard is a group of military members that serve on a part-time basis, usually within the US. It originated as a militia of colonists in...
    HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES -- Keke Palmer joined thousands of protesters in a peaceful march in Hollywood on Tuesday. Since then, a video of the actress sharing a powerful message with members of the National Guard has surfaced.In a video that has now gone viral, Palmer spoke passionately to several members of the National Guard, asking them to "march with us.""You have people in here that need your help. This is when y'all stand together with the community, with society to stop the governmental oppression," Palmer said.The actress continued: "March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you're here for us. Let's just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Make history with us, please."After Palmer's plea, one guard agreed to march with them to the end of the block, but said he was not allowed to leave his post.One of...
    LOS ANGELES -- Authorities took an armed man into custody Monday night in downtown Los Angeles after he tried to pose as a member of the National Guard.Sources tell ABC7 in Los Angeles that Gregory Wong, 31, dressed in attire similar to a National Guard uniform and took an Uber to downtown while carrying an assault rifle.He then fell into formation with real National Guard troops who have been brought in to help maintain order during some of the looting that has occurred near otherwise-peaceful protests.Some of the other National Guard troops noticed him and called over Los Angeles Police Department officers.Wong was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for manufacturing or distribution of an assault weapon.Sources say Wong is a former member of the National Guard.His rifle was a "ghost gun" - a homemade weapon without a serial number.He is being held on $50,000 bond.Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he...
    A California man armed with two guns, including an assault rifle, tried to pose as a member of the National Guard in Los Angeles, police said. Gregory Wong, 31, was arrested early Tuesday by Los Angeles cops after he was confronted by genuine National Guard troops, police told the Los Angeles Times. He was arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of an assault weapon near a City Hall protest, the newspaper reports. Wong, who is reportedly a former member of the National Guard, was confronted after Guardsmen spotted decals on his uniform that were incorrect. He had a night scope on his helmet, as well as the correct sidearm and a rifle, but the patches he donned didn’t match his purported length of service, a source told the newspaper. Wong was earlier spotted hopping out of an Uber ride prior to his arrest, the Times reports. He even then fell...
    In a powerful video, Keke Palmer pleaded with National Guard troops to march with demonstrators during a George Floyd protest in Los Angeles on Tuesday. While the soldiers couldn't move from their post, they showed their solidarity in another way.  As a crowd gathered around videotaping the scene, Palmer, co-host of the daytime talk show "Strahan, Sara and Keke," urged several National Guard members to join the cause and march alongside the protesters. "You have to pay attention about what's going on, or else — we have a president who's trying to incite a race war," Palmer said. "Our borders are closed, we can't leave. We have people here that need your help. This is when y'all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us." Protests Over Police Violence Keke Palmer urges National Guardsmen to join protesters Protests...
    The National Guard must be deployed in order to allow police to keep order in their communities, Florida Republican Congressman Michael Waltz asserted Wednesday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with host Brian Kilmeade, Waltz – who is a colonel in the National Guard – said that it was important for state and local leadership to understand that the Guard works for the governors and in support of law enforcement. Adding that they would, "deploy and support much like our mission to support border security." 'IT WAS A WAR ZONE': SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN RIOTS SPEAK OUT "They will deploy and support law enforcement to free up law enforcement with logistics, transportation and other tasks so that law enforcement can be out there on the front line," he stated. "That's the way it should work." According to Waltz, the problem hindering that service lies with governors. Thus far, 28 states and Washington, D.C., have deployed the National Guard to...
    President Trump criticized NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s refusal to send in the National Guard to address the rioting in the city telling “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Wednesday that “liberal” mayors are “having a lot of trouble” with the violent demonstrations. Host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump if he agrees with de Blasio’s statement on Tuesday that the National Guard is not trained to help police quell violence. “No, not at all,” Trump said in response. “You look at what happened in Minnesota, they were getting decimated and then after three days of watching it I demanded that the National Guard be utilized and in one day it was over.” “In fact, they got there at a certain time in the late afternoon and by the time they finished it was, I always say somewhat sarcastically, but the safest place on earth and Minnesota was really having...
    Washington — The District of Columbia National Guard has launched an investigation into the low-flying maneuvers by its helicopters over protesters in the nation's capital on Monday, its commanding general announced. "I hold all members of the District of Columbia National Guard to the highest of standards," Major General William Walker said in a statement Wednesday. "We live and work in the district, and we are dedicated to the service of our nation." The D.C. National Guard was mobilized earlier this week to assist with the response to protests taking place in the nation's capital. While the demonstrations have been largely peaceful, some earlier this week led to vandalism and destruction near the White House once the sun set. On Monday, as protesters marched through the district after its 7 p.m. curfew, video emerged of a military helicopter hovering low over the crowd, kicking up debris around them. A military helicopter...
    (CNN)Keke Palmer was on the frontlines of a peaceful demonstration in Hollywood Tuesday.The actress spoke passionately to several members of the National Guard who were at the scene, asking them to march alongside protesters and telling them to "be the change" in the fight against racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd."We have people here that need your help," Palmer said in a video Tweeted by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz. "This is when y'all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us."She continued: "March with us. March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you're here for us. Let's just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Make history with us, please."A guard member offered to walk with the group...
    Washington (CNN)The District of Columbia National Guard is investigating the actions of its helicopters Monday night that were observed doing slow, low-level passes and hovering over crowds in an apparent attempt to disperse those who were out past the city's curfew, protesting over the death of George Floyd.The DC National Guard first announced the investigation on Tuesday, saying in a statement provided to CNN that its commanding general, Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, "directed an investigation into a June 1 low-flying maneuver conducted by one of our rotary aviation assets."In a longer statement Wednesday, the Guard said that it is investigating the use of a "medical evacuation helicopter as part of the Joint Task Force DC operation."The investigation is to ensure all the helicopters involved Monday "complied with applicable procedures and safety regulations," the Guard said."I hold all members of the District of Columbia National Guard to the highest of...
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Wednesday that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio refusing to send the national guard to address the rioting “makes no sense.” “De Blasio is totally off his cracker when he says that the National Guard is not trained for that. Yes, they are. That is exactly what they are trained for,” Fox News contributor Huckabee told “Fox & Friends.” Huckabee said that the National Guard is “carefully trained” and “know how to get into these situations” to handle them. “His ignorance of that is stunning to me,” Huckabee said. TRUMP SIGNS SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF LIABILITY PROTECTIONS OVER 'CENSORING' De Blasio earlier Tuesday announced that the city’s curfew will be extended through the end of the week following yet another night of looting, destruction and “vicious attacks on police officers.” The decision to order residents to stay indoors from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. comes as De Blasio simultaneously...
    President Trump reacted Wednesday to the violence and looting that have engulfed New York City in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd by declaring that “the National Guard is ready!” The president made the statement in reaction to a tweet by podcast host Buck Sexton that included an image of boarded-up storefronts along Fifth Avenue. Trump has blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio over the mayhem that has convulsed the Big Apple. “New York’s Finest are not being allowed to perform their MAGIC but regardless, and with the momentum that the Radical Left and others have been allowed to build, they will need additional help,” Trump said in a tweet late Tuesday. “NYC is totally out of control,” he said, adding that Cuomo and Hizzoner “MUST PUT DOWN RIOTING NOW!” For his part, Cuomo also slammed de Blasio and the NYPD for being unprepared...
    A man armed with an assault rifle and pistol was arrested for allegedly impersonated a National Guard soldier near Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Gregory Wong, 31, was dropped off by an Uber right across from LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, where he allegedly attempted to get into formation with a unit of National Guard soldiers who were defending the area from looters, FOX 11 reported. Actual soldiers noticed he was holding an AR-15 rifle instead of an M4 or M16, which the National Guard normally carries, the station reported. Officials said he was found with a cache of weapons, including high-end tactical gear such as night-vision goggles and a sidearm. NATIONAL GUARD HELPS CLEAN UP CALIFORNIA CITY AFTER NIGHT OF GEORGE FLOYD CHAOS “No one I know in the military would do anything so stupid, he kitted himself out as if he was ready to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Protests over the in-custody death of George Floyd have taken place across the San Francisco Bay Area. Many cities are under curfew due to widespread looting and vandalism.TAKE ACTION: Find resources to help with equality, justice and race issuesBAY AREA CURFEW: Here's which cities are under curfew and what it meansWATCH LIVE: Demonstrations, briefings planned in San Francisco Bay AreaFULL COVERAGE: Latest stories and videos about protests, investigation into George Floyd's deathHere are the latest updates from around the region and across California and the U.S.June 2, 2020 9:45 p.m.Solano County requests assistance from National GuardAs protests around the Bay Area continue, the Solano County Sheriff's office has decided to ask for help from the National Guard. "In an effort to quell ongoing civil unrest throughout the county we have requested mutual aid from multiple agencies including the National Guard," the department tweeted Tuesday night. The...
    Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli told "Hannity" Tuesday that President Trump is prepared to use all of his "legal authorities" and take matters into his own hands if America's governors don't call on the National Guard to protect their residents from riots and looting. "There is a complete gap between those parts of America where they’re using forward-leaning, pro-public safety law enforcement tactics ... and George Floyd protesters can protest peacefully there," Cuccinelli said. TRUMP VOWS TO MOBILIZE FEDERAL RESOURCES TO RESTORE LAW AND ORDER "And then," he continued, "there’s the other side of the gap where they are too timid to bring out the Guard when things get violent or to offend the protesters by being aggressive in their police tactics and ... you’re seeing the violence get worse. You're seeing the criminality get worse. You’re seeing people come in from outside who want to take part. They're opportunistically violent and that’s what has to stop." On Monday, self-proclaimed "law and order" President Donald Trump made waves when he threatened to use force against protesters, some of...
    Just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, the D.C. National Guard made its first original tweet since early March, asserting that its Commanding General, Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, will investigate why its helicopters were used to suppress protests in the District on June 1. DCNG Commanding General has directed an investigation into the actions of our rotary aviation assets June 1. Our priority is the safety of our Guardsmen who support civil authorities. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of citizens and their right to protest. — District of Columbia National Guard (@DCGuard1802) June 3, 2020 The sounds of helicopters have been present in D.C. since protests prompted by the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd started Friday, May 29. However, Monday night was different, as National Guard helicopters made numerous passes through the District, hovering close to the ground in areas where protesters had gathered. Related...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took a knee during a Tuesday protest over the death of George Floyd to show solidarity but ended up facing protesters of his own later on near his home. Garcetti, a Democrat, took a knee outside of police headquarters at one of the many demonstrations that occurred in the Los Angeles area, according to The Associated Press. He told protesters, "I hear you. I hear what you are saying about the police." Later that day, hundreds of people reportedly gathered outside of Garcetti's house to stage a separate protest. This news comes just three days after Garcetti said that the California National Guard would be deployed to address civil unrest in Los Angeles, as recent riots have erupted over Floyd's death. LOUISVILLE POLICE: MAN KILLED BY OFFICER HAD FIRED FIRST, SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS "The California National Guard is being deployed to Los Angeles overnight to support our local response to maintain peace...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - More than 2,400 California National Guard soldiers toting automatic military assault rifles are on the streets and authorities say that has allowed police officers to crack down on the rampant vandalism and thievery that scarred the first several days of demonstrations. While the vast majority of protesters are peaceful, there have been violent clashes with police in Los Angeles, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and other cities. Following a weekend that saw hundreds of businesses damaged, Sacramento received 500 Guard members on Monday, instituted a curfew and had a much calmer night. TOP STORIES Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters Lay down your arms: Prominent veterans urge troops to defy Trump Pentagon brass summoned to Congress to testify on Trumps mobilizing of military forces “The National Guard are not playing a proactive law enforcement role,” said Officer Karl Chan, a...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some governors are rejecting President Donald Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., for a massive militarized show of force in the nation’s capital after several days of unrest over the death of George Floyd. At least three states — New York, Virginia and Delaware — have so far rejected the request, with at least one governor citing Trump’s rhetoric about using troops to “dominate” protesters as a reason why. All of those states are led by Democrats. Meanwhile, several other states around the country are sending troops to Washington with more expected in coming days. The Trump administration has asked multiple states to send troops to Washington at the same time as the president derided many governors as “weak” for not using the National Guard more aggressively in their own states. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam rejected a personal appeal from Secretary of...
    Big Apple businesses are up in arms after another night of looting amid George Floyd protests — and want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to deploy the National Guard. “The governor has, on the ready, the National Guard. Now it’s a question of, are we going to deploy them?” said Mark Jaffe, president and CEO of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce. “Can NYPD get this looting under control in the city?” “They’re asking for help,” Jaffe said. “The National Guard is ready to give that help.” The call comes after another night of chaos in the five boroughs, with looters taking advantage of demonstrations over Floyd’s death to wreak havoc on local businesses. On Monday, looters ransacked Macy’s flagship Herald Square store, as well as small businesses from the Bronx to Lower Manhattan — with the overworked NYPD, out in force to quell unruly demonstrations, doing their best to keep...
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona National Guard has called up about 900 soldiers to help the state deal with protests after Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide 9 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew on Sunday, Guard spokesman Maj. Aaron Thacker said. The troops include military police that can assist in crowd control, as well as infantry and logistics specialists, Thacker said Tuesday. Some of the military police have been sent to the state Capitol in Phoenix to help protect against civil unrest. The Capitol complex, including the House and Senate buildings and the executive tower, have been surrounded by temporary fencing. Other troops are available for deployment in other areas of metro Phoenix and could be sent to towns and cities anywhere in the state, Thacker said. They will be used to free up local police, who have arrest authority. TOP STORIES Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from...
    In a Tuesday letter, New Hampshire's Democratic Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff and State Senate President Donna Soucy asked Republican Governor Chris Sununu not to send any of the state's National Guard troops to "break up peaceful protests." Deployment of National Guard troops was encouraged by President Donald Trump Monday as a solution to the rash of violent demonstrations that have occurred across the U.S. after the death of Minneapolis African-American man George Floyd, who died while in police custody. Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in a video kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine consecutive minutes. Floyd's death and other high-profile deaths of black people in the U.S. caused demonstrators to take to the streets in protest, with many of those demonstrations turning violent. "If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is sending about 1,000 members of its National Guard to the nation’s capital to help quell continued civil unrest over George Floyd’s death, a state official said Tuesday. At a news conference, Tennessee Adjutant General Jeff Holmes said he received the request this week from the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph Lengyel. Holmes says he expects the members from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville to be on the ground in Washington by Saturday. TOP STORIES Medical examiner: George Floyd died of homicide, had drugs in his system Pentagon brass summoned to Congress to testify on Trumps mobilizing of military forces Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Tennessee is one of several states to send National Guard troops to Washington, a move requested by President Donald Trump. At...
    President Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the “hoodlums and thieves” who looted the iconic Macy’s flagship in Herald Square overnight — calling on authorities to “bring in the National Guard” to maintain order. “Macy’s at 34th. Street, long the largest single department store anywhere in the world, & a point of pride in NYC, was devastated yesterday when hoodlums and thieves vandalized it, breaking almost all of its large panels of storefront glass. What a shame. Bring in National Guard!” the president tweeted. Mayor Bill de Blasio had already rejected calls to bring in the National Guard despite the NYPD’s failure to stop widespread rioting across Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn, saying their presence wold further inflame the combustible situation. Herald Square was hit hard — with video showing hundreds of looters streaming into Macy’s iconic 34th Street location, which had boarded up its windows Sunday ahead of the anticipated...
    Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis told “The Daily Briefing” Tuesday that the National Guard presence in cities across America "needs to be increased" in response to the riots that have erupted following protests over George Floyd’s death. Davis, the head of Boston's police department at the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, praised Los Angeles police chief Michael Moore as a “good” example of “striking a delicate balance between allowing people to exercise their right to free speech” and “stopping when the violence starts.” “We used to watch these demonstrations very closely," he said. "We had sufficient people both visible and behind the scenes to back them up and then when people started to break windows or started to light fires, we would move in, we would have surveillance units watching to identify individuals that should be arrested. We move pretty deliberately and quickly to stop it." GEORGE FLOYD UNREST: CITIES FACE NEW LOOTING...
    America's governors are "fools" not to call on the National Guard to protect their residents amid riots over the death of George Floyd, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer asserted Tuesday. Appearing on "Outnumbered" with hosts Melissa Francis and Harris Faulkner, Fleischer asked for governors to put themselves into the shoes of a woman who was attacked as her jewelry shop was looted in Rochester, N.Y. CUOMO SLAMS DE BLASIO HANDLING OF RIOTS, CLAIMS HE HAS POWER TO 'DISPLACE' MAYOR BUT NOT 'AT THAT POINT' "[I've] said that the military should only be used as a last resort because this is not their training. But, put yourself in the position of a woman who owned a jewelry store in Rochester...who was beaten to a pulp by a mob as her husband came out to heroically try to defend her with a golf club and he was beaten," he urged. President...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic governors in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware turned down requests from Defense Secretary Mark Esper to offer National Guard troops to help with security in Washington, DC.In some instances, the Defense Department was counting on troop support from those states before the governors intervened."I can confirm that personnel from the NY National Guard were expected to move to DC last night, but permission was withdrawn by the governor," Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, said Tuesday morning.During his daily press briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that New York's National Guard was completely focused on the state."I don't know what requests they've gotten, but I can tell you this, I wouldn't grant any request to send National Guard out of the state at this time because I want them in this state in case we need them," Cuomo said.​​Read MoreAnother Pentagon official told CNN that...
    (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called recent looting and unrest in New York City "inexcusable," publicly blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Police Department and suggesting that he could override de Blasio to send the National Guard into the city.Cuomo, who has frequently feuded with his fellow Democrat de Blasio, spoke after instances of property destruction and looting, particularly in midtown Manhattan, amid peaceful protests Monday night.US cities set up curfews in attempt to stop after-hours looting"The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that," he said Tuesday during a press conference in Albany."I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don't think they've used enough police to address the situation ... What happened in New York City was inexcusable," Cuomo said.He argued that de...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday acknowledged that the Big Apple will likely see more mayhem over the next few days, but repeatedly rejected using the National Guard for help after the city was plunged into chaos for the second consecutive night. “No, we do not need, nor do we think it’s wise for the National Guard to be in New York City, nor any armed forces,” de Blasio told reporters during his daily City Hall press briefing, adding, “When outside armed forces go into communities, no good comes of it. We have seen this for decades.” “No, on the National Guard!” he later repeated. “We will regret it if we bring outside armed forces.” De Blasio claimed that the National Guard was not “trained” to handle rampant looters and violent thugs devolving the Big Apple into pandemonium, and that the matter was much better suited for the 36,000 members...
    Members of the National Guard block an intersection after a demonstration on June 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images) The Pentagon has ordered forces and bases in the Washington D.C. area to "Force Protection Condition Charlie," a threat condition that indicates "likely" targeting of military forces and or terrorist action and the second highest alert level available. The state of higher alert was ordered as of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The order follows a rapidly moving and confusing set of statements and threats coming out of the White House in the previous 24 hours. During this period, President Donald Trump has threatened state governors with federal intervention, and appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley as the commander of federal forces—a legally questionable order. Under the law, the chairman serves as the principal military...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Tuesday he would have to “displace” Mayor Bill de Blasio to send the National Guard into riot-ravaged New York City against Hizzoner’s wishes — if he even wanted to. “I’ve offered the National Guard, the mayor has said he can handle it with the NYPD,” Cuomo said Tuesday in an Albany press briefing. “My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in a state of emergency, and basically take over. “[Point] A, I don’t think we’re at that point. B, that would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation.” What were supposed to be peaceful protests of the death of George Floyd — a black man who died May 25 after a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck — devolved into widespread looting and violence for a...
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered military police active-duty troops from Fort Bragg and Fort Drum and a ready battalion from the 82nd Airborne to stage in the Washington, D.C. area at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base and Virginia's Fort Belvoir, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. This comes after President Trump said he may use the military to help quell violence and looting taking place in the nation's capital and other cities across the country. Trump would have to invoke the Insurrection Act in order to take such measures, as military involvement with domestic law enforcement is generally prohibited. WHAT POWERS DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE TO USE MILITARY TO QUELL DOMESTIC UNREST? In remarks Monday evening, Trump said he was "an ally of all peaceful protesters," but took a hard-line stance against those who choose violence. "We will end it now," Trump said. The president urged governors to seek the aid of the...
    Rep. Max Rose called for deployment of the National Guard to help quell rioting in New York City streets while former city Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Tuesday accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of hindering the NYPD’s effort to control the lawlessness. “Last night demonstrated that the mayor has lost control of the situation once and for all. If we are going to enforce an 8:00 p.m. curfew tonight, then the National Guard must be deployed to assist with that and that alone,” said Rose (D-SI/Brooklyn), a captain in the Army National Guard who was dispatched in April to combat the coronavirus. Rose emphasized that a majority of the protesters were peaceful and noted that officers joined them by dropping a knee in solidarity over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. “The mayhem that occurred in parts of the city last night—the unprecedented looting and...
    Cities across the country started seeing new looting on Monday night as nationwide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis escalated out of control yet again, and as President Trump vowed a tougher federal response. In New York City, hundreds of looters were seen breaking their way into Downtown Manhattan businesses. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, some people were seen actively defying a curfew by staying outside police headquarters. Multiple cities and regions have imposed nighttime curfews to quell destructive behavior and tense confrontations between demonstrators and law enforcement after dark. Six states and 13 cities have issued a state of emergency, according to the Wall Street Journal. The National Guard activated 67,000 troops as of Monday, surpassing the number of Guardsmen activated during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina response. Governors in 23 states and Washington D.C., have activated Guardsmen to support local and state law enforcement. "We are here to protect life and property, and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid racial unrest across the nation, President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself “the president of law and order” and threatened to deploy the United States military to American cities to quell a rise of violent protests. As Trump spoke, an incredible TV split screen developed around the White House. While he addressed the nation in the White House’s idyllic Rose Garden, a series of military vehicles rolled out front on Pennsylvania Avenue and military police and law enforcement clashed with protesters at Lafayette Park. Those peaceful demonstrators were cleared so Trump could walk across the park to St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as “The Church of the Presidents,” which suffered fire damage in a protest this week. Holding a Bible, he then stood with several of his Cabinet members as the cameras clicked. “We have the greatest country in the world,” Trump declared. “We’re going...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt activated the National Guard and Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday following two days of protests in the state’s two largest cities. Stitt said in a statement he authorized the activation at the request of local communities and said the soldiers and airmen would be authorized to provide support “as needed.” Stitt’s action also comes after President Trump on Monday derided many governors as “weak” and demanded tougher crackdowns on a video teleconference with governors that also included law enforcement and national security officials. “These hardworking Oklahomans are our friends and neighbors who step up in times of need, including to protect peaceful demonstrators,” Stitt said of the National Guard members. TOP STORIES George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial defaced...