Kentucky National Guard

J. Tyler Franklin

An armed counter protest to “restore order” in Louisville scheduled for Saturday is organized by a member of the Kentucky National Guard, according to social media posts.

“On the morning of June 27, armed freedom fighter patriots will march upon Louisville Kentucky to restore order,” the original post reads. “These Patriotic Americans will remain peaceful unless they find it necessary to defend themselves from opposition.”

The rally comes after weeks of protests against racism and police violence in Louisville after Louisville Metro Police officers killed 26 year-old Breonna Taylor in her home while serving a warrant. Gov. Andy Beshear activated the National Guard and sent members to Louisville to assist local law enforcement with the protests from May 31. The National Guard was withdrawn on June 2, the day after LMPD and Guardsmen shot at local restaurant owner David McAtee while enforcing a curfew. An investigation later determined McAtee was killed by a round fired by a member of the National Guard.

J. Tyler Franklin

Gov. Andy Beshear says he doesn’t regret sending the National Guard to Louisville to assist with the city’s response to protests over racism and police violence.

The National Guard was in Louisville starting on Saturday May 30, and on early Monday morning two National Guardsmen were involved in the shooting death of local barbecue chef David McAtee, who state and police officials say fired first.

The incident has sparked outrage from people across the city, state and country already protesting police violence against Black people.

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As Hurricane Dorian threatens the U.S. mainland, Kentucky is sending help to its neighbors to the south. 

The American Red Cross has sent more than two dozen volunteers to work in shelters, assisting those displaced from their homes with food and other needs.  Jennifer Capps is executive director of the American Red Cross of South Central Kentucky. 

“Monday night, more than 12,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters and community shelters in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, so we anticipate as the storm continues north, those numbers will grow," said Capps.

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Changes to the Kentucky National Guard’s code of justice have enabled military police to better deal with sexual assault occurring within their ranks.

The reforms were pushed through last year’s General Assembly by Rep. Tanya Pullin, a Democrat who co-chairs the Joint Committee on the Military, Veterans Affairs and Public Protection.

National Guard deputy state judge advocate Col. John Knox Mill told the panel this week that the number of victims’ advocates in his organization has increased to 60, and victims are reporting offenses in greater numbers as a result.

“This increase in cases is not because there have been more sexual assaults, but rather that it reflects a greater awareness and trust by victims in the program and the new criminal code," Mill said.

Officials say two Kentucky National Guard members were killed and two were injured in a single-car accident in North Dakota, where the troops were training.

A Kentucky National Guard firefighting team is returning to Greenville on Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and a year to the day since the soldiers' departure. The unit will be welcomed home Tuesday afternoon at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center.

A team of Kentucky military and health care professionals have been charged with finding better ways to help military service members, veterans and their families with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Motorcycle riders are revving their engines for a charity ride that they hope raises $100,000 for a memorial at the National Guard Center in Frankfort. Volunteers are raising money for the Labor Day weekend ride, called Ride II Remember, which is on Sept. 2.