Gov. Inslee activates National Guard to protect Seattle amid protests

SEATTLE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee has activated 200 members of the Washington National Guard to Seattle as protesters filled the streets Saturday, calling for accountability in George Floyd’s death. 

Those National Guard members will be unarmed, Inslee said. They were called to help protect the city against property damage and manage crowds. 

Mayor of Seattle Jenny Durkan signed an emergency order to impose a 5 p.m. curfew on the city, in an effort to curb protesters. 

The protests come less than a week after George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, was killed while in Minneapolis police custody. His death sparked outrage and nationwide protests. 

In Seattle, protesters were seen breaking store windows. 

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“The National Guard is on stand by to assist the Seattle Police Department as requested by Mayor Durkan,” Inslee said. “They will be unarmed and assist with infrastructure protection and crowd movement. They will only be utilized if absolutely necessary and we appreciate their efforts to help in this important work.”

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