On July 24, personnel from the Manchester, Tennessee, police department and other city employees delivered “approx 300” sandbags to the city’s Army recruitment center that were used to line the bottom third of their front windows to stop potential incoming rounds.
In lieu of being able to arm themselves for self-defense, the recruiting center is sheltering-in-place.
According to Thunder 1320, the volunteers who filled and delivered the sandbags were from the Manchester PD and and the Manchester Street Department. Manchester Assistant Police Chief Adam Floied said, “It’s personal for us to protect these guys and help them the best that we can.”
1320 pointed out that the Manchester PD and members of the Army recruiting office work together a lot for their community, so protecting the soldiers in the wake of Chattanooga seemed a logical step.
Citizens continue to stand as volunteer armed guards at various recruiting facilities around the country, although the Pentagon has asked they desist from doing so. On July 25, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said:
While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our recruiters from the American public, we ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks.
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