TN National Guard remains mobilized throughout state

Posted at 5:05 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 18:05:55-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee has called for the Tennessee National Guard to remain mobilized across the state.

He also announced that the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the TBI, and local law enforcement will investigate illegal activities that occurred during Saturday night's protests.

“The right to peaceful protest is foundational to our country, but the violence and vandalism that occurred in Nashville last night was unlawful and tears at the fabric of our community. We have reason to believe that many of those involved in unlawful acts are not Tennesseans and we will be working with law enforcement to investigate this further and bring those responsible to justice," the governor said in a statement."

The state says the National Guard will be across the entire state to help local departments ensure order and safety "as long as is warranted by the situation."