Gov. Beshear calls in National Guard following Louisville protests

Published: May. 30, 2020 at 9:53 AM EDT
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On Saturday, Governor Andy Beshear gave his thoughts on the protests that have taken place in Louisville as a response to the death of Breonna Taylor.

In a video posted to Facebook, he referred to her death as "tragic" and said that while he could "never pretend" to understand the depths of the emotions many were feeling he pledged to listen and "do everything" he can moving forward.

While the protests here in Kentucky have been mostly peaceful, the events in Louisville last night, as well as intelligence he says he has received, led Governor Beshear to call in the Kentucky National Guard.

"We cannot let Breonna's legacy be marred by violence and we can't let our streets turn violent," the governor said. "So today I am taking a step to ensure the safety of everybody by calling up the national guard to help keep peace in Louisville.

Governor Beshear said the move is not meant to silence anyone but rather to keep everyone safe.

You can see the full video below:

Governor Andy Beshear's statement on last night's demonstration in Louisville:

Governor Andy Beshear's statement on last night's demonstration in Louisville:

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Saturday, May 30, 2020

According to an email from the Kentucky National Guard, approximately 350 guardsmen are being activated from the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Lexington, 198th Military Police Battalion in Louisville, 761st Firefighting Team out of Greenville and Air Guardsmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville.

Brigadier General Hal Lamberton, Adjutant General of the National Guard said the soldiers will provide support to local authorities as long as directed in order to help protect people and property.

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