National Guard Arrives in Los Angeles to Curb Mayhem

05.31.20 | 6:30 PM | Los Angeles, CA | Skid Row

National Guard troops arrived in Los Angeles on Day 5, charged with re-establishing law and order during the observance of protests held to demand justice in the 5/25/20 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. While looters and arsonists ransacked Santa Monica retailers today, utterly outnumbered and overwhelmed police watched from behind gates, helpless to intercede effectively. Meanwhile, California’s National Guard troops patrolled Los Angeles streets in the skid row area, where no outwardly evident crime was taking place. NG troops have not been called to restore order in California since the 1992 protests that followed a police attack on Rodney King.

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