The governors of Texas, Colorado and Utah all mobilized their respective national guards on Saturday afternoon.
“Texans have every right to exercise their rights under the First Amendment, but violence and looting will not be tolerated,” Texas governor Greg Abbott (R) said in a statement, according to Texas. Grandstand.
Texas National Guard’s Abbott deployment comes after prompting the State Department of Public Safety earlier today to send “over 1,500 officers to assist local police” in the Lone Star State.
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R), in a tweet, said, “We condemn violence and looting. I activated the National Guard to help control the escalating situation in downtown Salt Lake City. I once again call on all those who protest to do so so peacefully. ”
We condemn violence and looting. I activated the National Guard to help control the escalating situation in downtown Salt Lake City. I once again call on all those protesting to do so peacefully.
– Governor Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) May 30, 2020
Salt Lake City and Denver have also issued curfews for residents who started at 8 p.m. local hour.
In addition to these three states, at least five other states – Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky – and the District of Columbia mobilized their National Guard in response to the protests, according to CNN.