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Indiana National Guard returns from controversial deployment to nation's capital

High-ranking U.S. military officials have condemned the call out to deal with protestors in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Indiana National Guard troops are back home after a controversial call to duty in the nation's capital.

High-ranking U.S. military officials have condemned the call out to deal with protestors in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

Indiana troops came home Sunday, but this was no typical return from duty. The group of 400 guardsmen and women are back from deployment from the nation's capital.

Governor Eric Holcomb is one of 11 governors who sent National Guard troops to D.C. as part of the president's plan to handle protestors near the White House in the wake of Floyd's killing in Minneapolis.

In a statement, the adjutant general's office explained the deployment.

"Due to the current national climate and civil disturbances, the Indiana National Guard deployed to the nation's capital to help protect local communities and critical infrastructure,' wrote Lt. Col Randi Bougere.

According to Bougere, the National Guard is trained under its Defense Support of Civil Authorities doctrine, and includes what’s called the National Guard “Reactionary Force.”

But in published reports, several four-star generals and even the Secretary of Defense questioned the potential use of military force against Americans exercising their constitutional right to protest.

In all, 4,900 National Guard soldiers from Idaho, Utah, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and South Carolina converged on the Lafayette Park area in D.C. North Carolina and New York even provided active duty troops.

The Indiana National Guard said its troops supported the D.C. Metropolitan Police and manned traffic control points, provided security and escorted emergency personnel. Some soldiers were also stationed at monuments and historic sites.

13 Investigates has been working to ask Indiana's adjutant general specific questions about this deployment. A request on Monday was denied.

Bougere said the service members would be screened for signs of COVID-19 before leaving Camp Atterbury, and response efforts would now focus on assisting the state of Indiana.