Gov. Evers declares state of emergency in Wisconsin following unrest across state
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday, Aug. 25, signed Executive Order #86 declaring a state of emergency following protests in communities across Wisconsin.
According to a news release, Executive Order #86 proclaims a state of emergency in Wisconsin, directs state agencies to continue assisting the state response, and calls to state active duty additional elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to support first responders and protect critical infrastructure and cultural institutions.
The state of emergency declaration comes after Gov. Evers released the following statement on the second night of unrest:
"The ability to exercise First Amendment rights is a critically important part of our democracy and the pursuit of justice. But there remains a line between peaceful assembly and what we saw last night that put individuals, families, and businesses in danger.
“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 fire fighters.
“Tonight, and in the days ahead, if you are going to protest, please do so peacefully and safely. Please do not allow the actions of a few distract us from the work we must do together to demand justice, equity, and accountability.”