Monday, April 22, 2024

Gov. Cooper mobilizes National Guard in preparation of inauguration protests

As Inauguration Day draws near on Jan. 20, security is amping up in DC and capital cities nationwide after threats have risen in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s insurrection on the Capitol. As such, Gov. Cooper has instructed 550 service members from the N.C. National Guard to assist with security.

Cooper mobilized 350 in the state, to be posted up this weekend to help authorities protect residents and property in the event of protests. Cooper will send 200 to assist in DC; the guard will be deployed up to eight days.

North Carolina is one of many states providing personnel to assist in large-scale protests planned in DC. The guard will not serve as front-line law enforcement, but will provide site security, set up checkpoints and protect infrastructure. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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