"This evening, I requested from the secretary of defense that the National Guard be available to us to begin to protect additional monuments,” Bernhardt said, adding that he also requested fencing be placed around Lafayette Park as well as at St. John's Church — the area where protesters were cleared with chemical irritants on June 1.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who oversees Park Police, told Fox News Tuesday evening he requested the assistance.
The request comes as President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump rally sparks self quarantine of dozens of Secret Service agents GOP: Trump needs a new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political ground shifts MORE and other administration officials have been critical of protesters responding to the police killing of George Floyd and efforts to remove or deface various statues.
The National Guard has agreed to send unarmed members to assist U.S. Park Police in securing Washington’s national monuments.
“After we make an initial determination of which agency had command and control of the law enforcement operations, we will conduct a review of Park Police actions accordingly,” an inspector general spokesperson said Monday.
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