According to an email sent out to the student and faculty of West Chester University from the Vice President of Student Affairs, WCU campus will be temporarily housing the United States National Guard per the request of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
The email indicated that the “services of the National Guard are intended for use in Philadelphia.”
The presence of the National Guard has been described as a “relief effort,” likely in response to the protests concerning the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd. Protests have taken place since Tuesday, June 2 and are expected to
continue into Friday, June 5.
According to one observer, several military-grade vehicles and a dozen members of the National Guard were visible outside of Sturzebecker at about 7 pm today. On the same day, the Borough of West Chester Police Department issued a statement concerning the presence of the National Guard in West Chester, claiming that neither the department nor the borough of West Chester requested National Guard presence.
Sources have reported a convoy of 8-10 vehicles leaving the parking lot of Sturzebecker and going through the Gordon Nature area that were “heavily armed.”
Samantha Walsh is a fourth-year special education and English dual-major.