As of Sunday morning, approximately 5,000 National Guard members have been activated in response to civil disturbances in 15 states and Washington, DC, with another 2,000 prepared to activate if needed.
However, the situation remains fluid and those numbers can change rapidly, the National Guard said in a statement along with the figures.
National Guard spokesman Army Master Sgt. W. Michael Houk stressed that while state and local law enforcement agencies remain responsible for security, National Guard personnel activated in these area are trained, equipped and prepared to assist law enforcement with protecting lives and the property of citizens.
“Guardsmen live in the communities they serve and are there to protect their neighbor's right to protest peacefully," the statement said.
States with activated National Guard are Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin.