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 back active military from DC this morning but decision reversed after White House meeting pic.twitter.com/MswWxR3iHs
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) June 3, 2020
— lauren (@laurchamp) June 4, 2020
@PoPville @wusa9 about 6-7 bus loads of #military persons were just dropped off by 15th and L. You can see how it wasn’t to protect from a handful of “looters” but to terrorize protestors. Riot gear, but there’s no riot #shame #DC #statehood now! pic.twitter.com/tkc5EQa9Vr
— Tanvi (@Tanvi_Ajmera) June 4, 2020
There were reports Tuesday evening of the military using helicopters to scare protesters by flying them very low.
— Paul (@paulio231) June 3, 2020
— Sarah O'Malley (@_somalley_) June 4, 2020
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.