U.S. National Guard headquarters in the Washington State District began inspecting the use of a helicopter to disperse a protest against police brutality after the murder of African American George Floyd. This is reported by The Hill.
“Major General William J. Walker, commander of the National Guard for the District of Columbia, ordered an investigation into a low altitude maneuver performed by one of our rotational aircraft on June 1,” the agency said. Recall that at seven pm on Monday, local police imposed a curfew, after which helicopters were seen over the city, including a medical board with the Red Cross marks. Air vehicles flew over the protesters below 12 floors of a standard building, using downward air currents from the rotors to disperse the crowd.
“It was a stupid venture,” admitted Jeffrey Korn, a former Army lawyer, and professor at South Texas College of Law. – The symbolic meaning of the Red Cross is widespread and is designed to mark the non-combatant function of the armed forces”. Former Marine Corps pilot Cailin Hunter also told the publication that the maneuvers “helped to escalate” and were of no practical significance.