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National Guard Activated for Security at State Capitol

FBI warning of armed groups planning protests at state capitols.

By - Jan 11th, 2021 07:16 pm
Wisconsin State Capitol. File photo by Dave Reid.

Wisconsin State Capitol. File photo by Dave Reid.

Governor Tony Evers activated the Wisconsin National Guard Monday to support Wisconsin Capitol Police at the state Capitol.

It’s been widely reported that the FBI has warned armed protests are being planned for capitols of all 50 states leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Troops from the Wisconsin National Guard Reaction Force, who are trained to respond to calls for assistance on short notice, are being sent to the Capitol, according to a press release from Evers’ office. Earlier on Monday, windows on the first floor of the state capitol were boarded up, news station WEAU 13 reported.

Less than a week ago, a protest in Washington D.C. turned violent when thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaking through windows and ramming open entranceways and barricaded doors, in an attempt to stop the U.S. Senate from voting to certify the electors in the 2020 presidential election.

The events at the capitol resulted in a handful of deaths, including one Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, who died after reportedly being hit with a fire extinguisher.

“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, Wisconsin’s adjutant general.

One thought on “National Guard Activated for Security at State Capitol”

  1. Mingus says:

    The National Guard has been the go to resource for everything from riot control to Covid testing to staffing nursing homes. When all of this is over, they should be getting bonus pay for all the contributions they are making.

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