"Military bases in the capital region were occupied by active duty military, but not in Washington D.C.," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said.
The troops are in a "state of high alert," Rath said, asserting that they "are not involved in defense support of civilian authority operations.
The massive protests began after George Floyd, an African-descendent, was suffocated to death on June 25 by Minneapolis police officers after he was arrested for trying to pay with a $20 bill that was allegedly counterfeit.
The New York Times has reconstructed how George Floyd was killed in police custody. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by police officers turned fatal. (This video contains scenes of graphic violence.) https://t.co/YofF9mqUbN