Ohio National Guard Sending 100 Soldiers To DC Amid Protests

Jun 3, 2020

The Ohio National Guard has sent 100 of its members to Washington, D.C. to assist the district during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minnesota Police officer.

Major General John Harris, Ohio National Guard's Adjutant General, says the service members will be protecting the White House and other national monuments.

As Harris explains, the national guard is trained in crowd control.

"We use minimum force necessary to complete the mission. We have a wide ray of equipment, a wide, wide assortment of nonlethal systems that allow us to do that," Harris said.

Harris says the Ohio National Guard was called to Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Secretary of Defense who has this type of authority usually reserved for governors.

The guard has also been deployed to Columbus and Cleveland in response to the protests.