Evers authorizes Wisconsin National Guard to support Capitol Police in case of trouble
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers has authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support safety and security efforts at the State Capitol in Madison because of the potential for violent demonstrations from supporters of President Donald Trump.
The troops are part of the Wisconsin National Guard Reaction Force, which consists of troops trained to respond to requests for assistance on short notice. The Guard members will serve in a support role to local authorities and conduct a site security mission.
Federal authorities have cautioned states to prepare for the potential for violent demonstrations similar to the deadly riot that racked Washington, D.C., last week.
“Once again, our state has asked our citizen soldiers in the Wisconsin National Guard to answer the call to keep our state, its citizens and its institutions safe,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, the Wisconsin Guard’s adjutant general.
“We ask a lot of our troops who must take leave from their civilian employers and their families, and I’m proud of the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to serve their fellow citizens,” Knapp said.
To protect operational security, the Wisconsin National Guard will not discuss troop numbers, movements, timelines, equipment, tactics or procedures in connection with the deployment.
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