It is clear that the military has been dispatched, despite reports that Defense Secretary Mark Esper reversed the plan to send active-duty troops into the city.
The moment was captured by Joyce Karam, who tweeted that as she was posting,there was a helicopter roaming around the city along with police sirens.
Troops headed to La Fayette Park area which has been blocked today. Defense Secretary Esper was going to pull bac… https://t.co/Gei5fv9FjY— Joyce Karam (@Joyce Karam) 1591228682.0
Walked past multiple caravans of armed military and police on my way home from the protest where people are singing… https://t.co/i1PFVDeAcy— lauren (@lauren) 1591230867.0
@PoPville @wusa9 about 6-7 bus loads of #military persons were just dropped off by 15th and L. You can see how it w… https://t.co/5TU5qXvH92— Tanvi (@Tanvi) 1591229862.0
There were reports Tuesday evening of the military using helicopters to scare protesters by flying them very low.
@rob_sheridan Military taking photos of the crowd at the DC protest today on 16th and I. #dcprotest https://t.co/hZze0d1Yt7— Sarah O'Malley (@Sarah O'Malley) 1591230816.0
There have also been reports of men with weapons, helmets and body army who won't say who they work for, but don't have an insignia on their uniforms.