Protests erupted across the country over the weekend in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.
The protests stretched from one coast to another, from Boston to Los Angeles, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Salt Lake City.
Fifteen states, including Utah, and the District of Columbia, activated the National Guard in response, as the Deseret News reported.
The others to active the National Guard included:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington state
- Washington, D.C.
- Army Master Sgt. Michael Houk, a National Guard Bureau spokesman, told The Military Times it’s unclear how long the activations will last.
- He said: “The National Guard will remain on mission as long as they’re needed.”