ALEXANDRIA, VA — Under the Shutdown DC banner, demonstrators gathered near Alexandria Sunday morning for a march against federal government intervention in the protest movement that has sprung up following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Protesters called for removal of Department of Homeland Security personnel from cities around the country, where President Donald Trump pledged to send agents in the wake of violence.
“In recent weeks, there has been a radical movement to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments. Extreme politicians have joined this anti-police crusade and relentlessly vilified our law enforcement heroes,” Trump said at a news conference this week. “The effort to shut down policing in their own communities has led to a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders and heinous crimes of violence. This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end.”
Trump said his plan which involves “a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime” and is called Operation Legend. It calls for federal agents to be deployed to Chicago, Atlanta and Baltimore, among others. Earlier this month, the president sent at least 100 border patrol agents to Portland to make arrests, the New York Times reported.
The group in Alexandria marched to the home of Chad Wolf, acting secretary of homeland security, after gathering on Valley Drive at Preston Road at 10 a.m.
In addition to calling for homeland security agents to be removed, the Shutdown DC group wants ICE abolished and all those who had been detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to be freed.