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California Mobilizes National Guard Amid Concern Over Unrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom is mobilizing 1,000 members of the National Guard over concerns of civil unrest ahead of President Donald Trump leaving office. State officials also Thursday erected a temporary chain link fence around the state Capitol, bolstering other temporary and permanent barriers. @CHP_HQ has denied the...

Capitol Police Rejected Offers of Federal Help to Quell Mob

WASHINGTON — Three days before the pro-President Donald Trump riot at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to a defense...

An Election Day Role for National Guard? Maybe, but Limited

WASHINGTON — Federal laws and long-standing custom generally leave the U.S. military out of the election process. But President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated warnings about widespread voting irregularities have raised questions about a possible military role. If any element of the military were to get involved, it would likely be the...

National Guard Taps Units for Rapid Response to Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON — The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country, following violent protests that rocked the nation’s capital and several states this summer. Military leaders don't explicitly tie...

Some Violence, but California Protests Mostly Peaceful

LOS ANGELES — National Guard reinforced police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Vallejo after a second night of violence. That was among scattered incidents that stood in contrast to largely peaceful California protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Fifty members of the Guard...

National Guard Patrols Torn California Streets Amid Unrest

SACRAMENTO — More than 2,400 California National Guard soldiers toting military assault rifles are on the streets and authorities say that has allowed police officers to crack down on the rampant vandalism and thievery that scarred the first several days of demonstrations. While the vast majority of protesters are peaceful,...

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