Stars and Stripes stripes.com 12 Jan, 2021 08:15 am

Why the National Guard's role was limited during Capitol Hill violence

Why the National Guard's role was limited during Capitol Hill violence
In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District of Columbia National Guard played such a limited role as civilian law enforcement officers were outnumbered and overrun.

They also struggled to get the required approvals and then get the Guard members instructed, equipped and on their way.C, the Guard members were deployed early last week to about 30 checkpoints and a half-dozen Metro entrances.Guard members already on the streets needed an explicit request from federal authorities to go to the Capitol, since that is federal jurisdiction.But Guard members who had not already been activated were, as usual, at their homes, their regular jobs or even in other states, and it took time for them to respond.

In any state, Guard members may do law enforcement activities if needed and approved by the governor in a crisis.In most cases, however, Guard members are used to support law enforcement.

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