TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — The governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are deploying members of the National Guard to Washington, D.C. to support law enforcement officers, they announced Thursday morning.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said about 1,000 Pennsylvania National Guard members have been activated through the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. and will travel to the nation’s capital over the next few days.
“The unprecedented and disturbing events yesterday in our nation’s capital are cause for ongoing concern and Pennsylvania is prepared to assist as needed in securing peace and an orderly transfer of power on January 20,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “Our National Guard members will assist the D.C. National Guard and local civilian authorities as they work to keep the area surrounding the Capitol and other locations secure in the coming days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the Garden State will send 500 members of the New Jersey National Guard to D.C. in an effort to protect the country’s democracy and help ensure there is a peaceful transition of power.
“Upon the request of the United States National Guard Bureau, I am authorizing the deployment of 500 members of the New Jersey National Guard to Washington, D.C. to protect our democracy and facilitate the peaceful transition of power” Murphy said. “Our republic is built on the principles of democracy, peace, and the right of the American people to freely choose their leaders. The brave men and women of our National Guard will be deployed in order to preserve these sacred principles. May God Bless America and our brave men and women in uniform.”
Delaware Gov. John Carney also announced he was deploying members of the Delaware National Guard on social media Thursday.
“After conversations with DC authorities, I am deploying members of the Delaware National Guard to Washington to support law enforcement and ongoing security efforts after the breach of the Capitol,” Carney tweeted.
After conversations with DC authorities, I am deploying members of the Delaware National Guard to Washington to support law enforcement and ongoing security efforts after the breach of the Capitol.
— Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) January 7, 2021
On Wednesday night, New Jersey deployed state police officers to the District of Columbia to support.
At the request of DC officials, I am deploying the @NJSP to the District of Columbia to facilitate the peaceful transition of power & protect our democracy. We are prepared to deploy the @NJNationalGuard upon request.
May God Bless America and our brave men and women in uniform.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) January 6, 2021
Protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing President Trump in the White House.
According to CBS News, one person was shot and killed. Five people have been taken to the hospital, CBS News reported.
Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a citywide curfew in Washington, D.C., starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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