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Gov. Tony Evers authorizes total of 500 National Guard in Kenosha

Sendoff ceremony for deploying Wisconsin Army National Guard battalion
Posted at 1:33 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 17:52:00-04

Governor Tony Evers has authorized 500 members of the National Guard to help local law enforcement in Kenosha after the unrest.

Evers is said to be continuing to work with other states in facilitating additional National Guard and state patrol support.

The statement from the Office of the Governor states that he authorized the National Guard to, “help protect critical infrastructure and assist in maintaining public safety and the ability of individuals to peacefully protest in Kenosha County.”

On Tuesday, after declaring a state of emergency, Evers increased National Guard members to 250. Today, that’s increased to 500. President Donald Trump said that federal assistance and additional Guard members were coming to Kenosha, after Evers accepted Wednesday afternoon.

According to the statement, the National Guard members are only to be used to support local law enforcement, protected critical infrastructure, and cultural institutions for the well-being of the community.

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