Wisconsin National Guard deployed to Madison
On Sunday, the Wisconsin National Guard mobilized additional troops to southern Wisconsin to support authorities in Madison as the mission to support Milwaukee continues amid protests.
Approximately 125 Wisconsin National Guard troops from the Guard’s Quick Reaction Force arrived in Milwaukee Saturday to assist local law enforcement in preserving public safety and the ability of individuals to exercise their rights to peacefully demonstrate.
“We stand ready to assist Wisconsin’s communities any way we can,” Wisconsin’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp said. “Our troops are well-trained, and well-prepared to serve our neighbors in Madison, Milwaukee, and elsewhere around Wisconsin.”
In a press release on Sunday, Gov. Evers says the Wisconsin National Guard is there to protect peoples' first amendment rights.
“It is critical that people are able to peacefully and safely express their anger and frustration about systemic racism and injustice. Last night in Madison, we unfortunately saw a few bad actors commit acts of vandalism and violence that put people at risk. It was very clear those who were peacefully protesting were also taking great efforts to deescalate the instigators, at times subjecting themselves to violent outbursts."
Approximately 10,000 Soldiers and Airmen make up the Wisconsin National Guard.
More than 1,200 remain mobilized across Wisconsin supporting the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.