FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Members of the Indiana National Guard have been deployed to Washington D.C. to help with what they’re calling 'crisis management efforts.'
In a statement to FOX 55, Master Sergeant Jeff Lowry stated,
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“The Indiana National Guard deployed approximately 160 soldiers to Washington in support of local law enforcement and crisis management efforts over the course of two days - Tuesday and Wednesday. Hoosier Guardsmen will assist in a non-lethal supportive role with local law enforcement agencies taking the lead focusing on protecting communities, critical infrastructure and national landmarks.”
This comes on the heels of protests spreading to Washington D.C. and other parts of the country after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
MSG Lowry went on to explain that this will not impact the work of the Indiana National Guard in our state, echoing statements made by Governor Eric Holcomb on Monday, saying,
“The Indiana National Guard will continue to support the state with COVID-19 response efforts and assist law enforcement in support of civil unrest operations within the Hoosier State.”