DC requests National Guard support in preparation of Chauvin trial verdict: Report

Officials in the nation’s capital requested support from the National Guard in preparation for potential unrest surrounding the verdict in the court trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd last summer.

Christopher Rodriguez, director of the Washington, D.C., government’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, issued a letter on April 8 to the D.C. National Guard requesting assistance, though the request is pending approval by the Army.

The request includes six crowd management teams, vehicles to block 30 traffic posts, and an unarmed “quick response force” of at least 300 guard members, according to a copy of the letter obtained
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