SecDef Esper orders review of National Guard's response to protests

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits DC National Guard military officers guarding the White House amid nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits DC National Guard military officers guarding the White House amid nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of the National Guard's response to recent protests over police brutality and racism, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

"The report will address a range of issues, including training, equipping, organizing, manning, deployment, and employment of National Guard forces," a statement said.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy will conduct the review, it said.