Evers declares state of emergency amid protests in Kenosha following shooting of Black man

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order 86 Tuesday, which declares a state of emergency for Wisconsin following protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha by police.

The state of emergency directs state agencies to continue assisting state response and calls certain additional active-duty Wisconsin National Guard to support first responders and protect critical infrastructure and cultural institutions.

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The state of emergency comes following a statement made by Evers about the protests earlier in the day.

In the statement, Evers said "We are assessing the damage to state property and will be increasing the presence of the Wisconsin National Guard to ensure individuals can exercise their right safely, protect state buildings and critical infrastructure, and support first responders and firefighters."

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Evers assured that the National Guard may not be used to impede the ability of people to peacefully protest or impede the ability of the media to report on the situation.