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Indiana National Guard placed on standby, will protect state properties

The deployment was not requested by local leaders, but several hundred Guard members remain on standby.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a COVID-19 news conference at the Statehouse, March 26, 2020. (WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Governor Eric Holcomb said he is taking action to protect Hoosiers, properties and businesses. He said it is the result of two nights of violence, following peaceful protests in Indiana.

“At my order, the Indiana National Guard stands ready to assist local communities in need to protect the public and property, and I am deploying Guard members to protect state property beginning today,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Organized protests have taken place across the state without incident but the events that have followed, particularly in Indianapolis, have devastated businesses, defaced public monuments that are centuries old and resulted in loss of life.”

The deployment was not requested by local leaders, but several hundred Guard members remain on standby. They will also establish a presence at state properties with Indiana State Police to protect the properties from further damage.

The governor is also allowing local governments to start putting in place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place.