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AR National Guard to support West Memphis police during the Tyre Nichols demonstrations



Little Rock, Arkansas – As a result of horrific images showing Tyre Nichols being brutally beaten by Memphis police, protests have broken out around the country.

In reaction to protests in the West Memphis region, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared the Arkansas National Guard to be activated at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.

According to Sanders, the Guardsmen will act as local police officers’ reinforcements and aid in maintaining open and secure highways.

In a social media post, she said “we are praying for Tyre Nichols’ family and all of Memphis. May God bring peace, healing, and justice.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, I authorized [the Arkansas Guard] to serve as reinforcements to law enforcement in West Memphis and aid [with] keeping major highways operational and safe,” Sanders said.

The notification follows one from the Arkansas Department of Transportation, which stated at 4:16 that owing to worries about protests in Memphis, the Arkansas Highway Patrol would be closing the eastbound lanes of the I-40 Mississippi River bridge.