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Governor Holcomb orders National Guard troops deployed to state properties in Indianapolis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Governor Eric Holcomb issued several orders on Saturday as protests continued in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

One of the orders directs a contingent of National Guard troops to protect state government buildings and properties in Indianapolis. State agencies, courts and legislative offices are all located in the city and could be targeted by protesters.

In a written statement to the press, Holcomb said this:

"Organized protests have have taken place across the state without incident but the events that have followed, particularly in Indianapolis, have devastated businesses, defaced public monuments that are centuries old, and resulted in loss of life."

Holcomb also offered troops to other communities in the state. We are working to learn if any troops will be deployed for security purposes in Fort Wayne.

Saturday night brought fires to Indianapolis, as protests grew. Just before midnight, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police declared the downtown area unsafe and asked people to avoid it. There were reports of several shootings.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has issued an 8:00 pm curfew for Sunday night.

More Orders

Holcomb also issued another order on Sunday .

Executive Order 20-29 gives local officials the ability to enforce more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place.

Previously, Holcomb prohibited local jurisdictions from enforcing travel any restriction higher than a "travel advisory," under the state's COVID-19 reopening plan.

The new order rescinds the previous one, and gives local leaders much more latitude to restrict travel in light of the protests.

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Brien McElhatten

Brien McElhatten anchors the evening weekday newscasts at ABC21. He also hosts and produces the ABC21 Daily podcast.

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