Gov. Walker activates National Guard in wake of violence in Milwaukee

governor-office-sealSunday, August 14, 2016

Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today after the events of last evening and early this morning in the City of Milwaukee and has activated the Wisconsin National Guard and Declared a State of Emergency in Milwaukee :

Following a request from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, and after discussions with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Adjutant General Donald Dunbar, I have activated the Wisconsin National Guard to be in a position to aid local law enforcement upon request.

I commend the citizens who volunteered in clean-up efforts this morning. This act of selfless caring sets a powerful example for Milwaukee’s youth and the entire community. I join Milwaukee’s leaders and citizens in calling for continued peace and prayer.

It is also important for citizens to know that Wisconsin is the first state in the nation to have a law requiring an independent investigation anytime there is a shooting by a law enforcement officer that leads to a death. I will not comment on the specifics of the case as it is now under this investigation. I do, however, hope people will give law enforcement the respect that they deserve for working so hard to keep us safe.

Executive Order #209 is attached.