National Guardsmen hospitalized after lightning strikes near White House

National Guardsmen hospitalized after lightning strikes near White House

National Guardsmen hospitalized after lightning strikes near White House

The U.S. National Guard said both members were in close proximity of a lightning strike while on duty in Washington, D.C., and that they were subsequently transported to a hospital and in stable condition as of Friday morning.

New Jersey was one of a handful of states that authorized National Guard members to go to the nation's capital earlier this week as protests continued to sweep across the district.

Murphy said their deployment was always planned to be short term.

The troops were from the 508th Military Police Company based in Teaneck, according to the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

SC sent about 450 National Guard troops to Washington this week at the request of Defense Secretary Mark Esper after demonstrations in the national capital aimed at addressing police brutality and institutional racism in the United States grew violent last weekend.

Two members of the National Guard were struck by lightning late last night in Lafayette Park, where protesters had been forced out earlier this week so President Donald Trump could stop at a nearby church.

"Now, when I said, 'Go to the church, ' I didn't know protesters or not".

National Guard troops in recent days have been photographed working hand-in-hand mostly with other federal law enforcement troops and guarding national monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, which was vandalized over the weekend.

Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air, has galvanized protesters of racism and police brutality across the country. The officer has been charged with second-degree murder. All have been fired.

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