Gov. Inslee orders statewide activation of National Guard amid protests

Gov. Inslee orders statewide activation of National Guard amid protests
Members of the Washington National Guard arrived in Bellevue on June 1, 2020 after a night of protests and looting there. (KIRO 7 News)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee late Sunday ordered a statewide activation of the National Guard following vandalism and theft in stores and shopping malls in multiple cities after protests over the killing of George Floyd.

Inslee had previously authorized 400 troops for Seattle and 200 troops for Bellevue.

Though the entire guard was activated, troops will only deploy when requested, a National Guard spokeswoman said.

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On Saturday night, people smashed downtown Seattle store fronts and stole items from many businesses, tossing mannequins into the street.

On Sunday there were thefts in stores and shopping malls in Bellevue, Spokane, Tukwila and Renton.

Portland, Oregon, also again saw large rallies, and police used tear gas to disperse crowds