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Some 100 National Guardsmen will be in Washington this week to help support police officers patrolling protests planned by President Donald Trump supporters this week.
“We have received confirmation that the D.C. National Guard will be assisting the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning tomorrow through the life cycle of this event,” Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III told reporters at a press conference on Monday.
The article goes on to state the following:
National Guard personnel will be assisting police officers with crowd management and traffic control, freeing officers “to focus on anyone who’s intent on instigating, agitating, or participating in violence in our city,” he added.
Bowser says that about 100 unarmed National Guard members will help close streets, so the entire staff of D.C. police will be available to make arrests if needed (including anyone openly carrying a gun) and to otherwise protect public safety.
— Julie Zauzmer (@JulieZauzmer) January 4, 2021
D.C.’s new Police Chief Robert Contee III with a straightforward warning: “Firearms are not permitted. Firearms are not permitted.”
Says officials have put up signs in protest areas downtown reminding people of restrictions.
— Michael Brice-Saddler (@TheArtist_MBS) January 4, 2021
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