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Tue Jun 2, 2020, 11:27 PM

DC National Guard asks for investigation into use of helicopter to target protesters [View all]

Source: The Hill

The District of Columbia National Guard has asked for an investigation into the use of a helicopter in the city to disperse crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd, officials told The Hill.

"Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, District of Columbia National Guard Commanding General, has directed an investigation into a June 1 low-flying maneuver conducted by one of our rotary aviation assets," D.C. National Guard spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Brooke Davis told The Hill in a statement.

"Our highest priority is the safety of our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who support civil authorities as they perform their duties,” the spokeswoman continued. “This is our home, and we are dedicated to the safety and security of our fellow citizens of the District and their right to safely and peacefully protest."

As police enforced a 7 p.m. curfew on Monday night, multiple helicopters were deployed to disperse protesters. Footage on social media showed an unarmed Lakota medevac craft with Red Cross markings using its rotor wash – or the downward rush of air from rotors – to disperse crowds.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/500834-national-guard-asks-for-investigation-into-use-of-helicopter-to-target

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