Seattle receives another 200 National Guard members in wake of George Floyd protests

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle has received another 200 members of the Washington National Guard to respond to protests.

Saturday’s protests saw an initial deployment of 200 National Guard troops, and following Sunday’s announcement there will be 400 members.

Governor Jay Inslee announced the National Guard’s activation on Sunday, saying it came at the request of the City of Seattle. The Governor’s Office says the troops will help clean up, prevent property damage and manage crowds and traffic.

Governor Inslee issued the following statement:

“Saturday’s disheartening events in Seattle – carried out by a smattering of the thousands of protesters on hand – will not deter the cause of justice. Hundreds of public servants and volunteers are already helping clean up the property damage done. I have complete faith that downtown Seattle will recover from this quickly, and the state will help, however we may be of assistance.

“Thousands were protesting peacefully against an atrocious act of brutality. This cause confronts a different kind of destruction, one that can’t be fixed with new windows, graffiti-scrubbed walls or insurance. The message behind the demonstration was compelling and one all of us should share. We will not allow vandalism and destruction to obscure the protest’s central call for justice.

“On behalf of all Washingtonians who believe in justice, I want to thank the protesters who carried a peaceful and important message. We all also owe gratitude to the police officers, fire fighters, medics, National Guard and volunteers who are working to protect the city and its people.”