Wisconsin National Guard to assist Madison police with looting

A MPD squad car on fire on Saturday
A MPD squad car on fire on Saturday(NBC15)
Published: May. 31, 2020 at 11:16 AM CDT
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Gov. Tony Evers has confirmed that Madison-area police will be getting assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard in the aftermath of a violent night on the isthmus and across the city.

According to a statement from the governor, the Guards will only be used to assist local law enforcement in protecting critical infrastructure, such as utilities and fire stations, and cultural institutions.

The order is the same that the governor issued for Milwaukee the day before. According to Gov. Evers:

During a Sunday morning news conference with Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Common Council President Sheri Carter, Wahl said they put in the request.

“Obviously, there’s other cities in the state that have had similar issues and similar needs. So, we’re waiting for now, but that request has been pushed,” Interim Police Chief Vic Wahl noted.

Later in the morning, a spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers says the governor has authorized Madison authorities' request.

Wahl assured the community that there will be a “robust” police presence in Madison on Sunday night to enforce the 9:30 p.m. curfew and to maintain the peace. While most officers will be set up in staging areas, they will maintain a high visibility.

On Saturday, Gov. Tony Evers

at least 125 Guard members to deploy to Milwaukee to help local police there. The order stated they would only be allowed to provide support to local law enforcement and to protect critical infrastructure, such as utilities, fire stations and cultural institutions.

Sunday’s news conference followed a morning in which hundreds turned up to help clean the streets and the stores damaged overnight. Madison Police said 75 businesses on State Street were damaged or looted and a police cruiser was burned.