Three more states have mobilized the National Guard as nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd continued to escalate into Saturday.
The governors of Texas, Colorado and Utah all mobilized their respective national guards Saturday afternoon.
"Texans have every right to exercise their First Amendment rights, but violence and looting will not be tolerated," Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottAlaska governor joins Texas lawsuit over National Guard vaccine mandate Abbott, other Texas Republicans urge court to reverse ruling on voter fraud prosecutions O'Rourke 'not interested' in campaign help from politicians outside Texas MORE (R) said in a statement, according to the Texas Tribune.
Abbott's deployment of the Texas National Guard comes after he prompted the state's Department of Public Safety earlier in the day to send "more than 1,500 officers to assist local police departments," around the Lone Star State.
Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Colorado trucker's case provides pathways to revive pardon power Biden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: 'Incredible courage and resolve' MORE (D) said that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D), "requested the support of the National Guard to help keep people safe and prevent further destruction, and I have granted that request.”
In a tweet, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said, "We condemn violence and looting. I have activated the National Guard to help control the escalating situation in downtown Salt Lake City. I once again call on all who are protesting to do so peacefully."
We condemn violence and looting. I have activated the National Guard to help control the escalating situation in downtown Salt Lake City. I once again call on all who are protesting to do so peacefully.— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) May 30, 2020
Both Salt Lake City and Denver also issued curfews for its residents that started at 8 p.m. local time.
In addition to these three states, at least five other states – Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky – and the District of Columbia have mobilized their National Guard in response to protests, according to CNN.