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Texas National Guard Being Deployed to Cities Over Election Day Disturbances


Retired Maj. Gen. James K. "Red" Brown, chief of staff to the Texas Army Guard's commander, told the San Antonio Express-News that the activation of the Texas Guard was for "postelection" support for local law enforcement "as we did previously to deter any civil disturbance at sites in various cities within Texas." The Guard could be deployed as early as this weekend.

Texas Guard spokesman Brandon Jones said troops could be deployed to Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. He didn't know how many troops would be sent to those areas, but he added that the Guard will also be stationed at the Alamo and the Texas Capitol as well as other areas.

"Right now we could go to 1,000 troops in support of civil disturbance operations," Jones said, according to the paper. "We're going to guard buildings just like we did during the George Floyd protests earlier this year. We are not going anywhere near polling locations. That has not been requested."