WASHINGTON, (BM) – The U.S. Department of Defense is deploying up to 250 troops to the country’s capital to ensure security in the city due to unrest caused by the death of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based African American George Floyd. This was reported on Monday by CNN television with reference to three sources in the Pentagon, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. [Wreg, Insider]
According to CNN, military personnel stationed at a base in Fort Bragg (North Carolina) are being transferred to Washington. Arrival of the detachment in the US capital will take place in a few hours. The military has been tasked with providing security in the city, but not helping the police in detaining protesters or riots.
As USA Today reported on Monday, US Secretary of Justice and Attorney General William Barr ordered that special police units be sent to Washington to suppress the riots. Units are managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. According to the newspaper’s source, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also ordered Washington’s elite rescue unit to assist in law enforcement in Washington.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the introduction of a curfew in the capital on Monday from 19:00 local time for a period of two days. Prior to this, the mayor imposed a curfew from 23:00 Sunday to 06:00 Monday in connection with the riots caused by the situation around the death in Minneapolis of an African American George Floyd. She also engaged the National Guard.
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