Gov. Evers authorizes Wisconsin National Guard to assist at State Capitol

Tony Evers in front of a flag

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support the state’s Capitol Police.

National Guard members will mobilize to help with security efforts at the Wisconsin State Capitol, according to a news release Monday.

The announcement comes hours after the FBI warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C. ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Less than a week has passed since a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

Crews in Madison have boarded up windows at the State Capitol building as a “proactive precautionary measure.”

“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. “We ask a lot of our troops who must take leave from their civilian employers and their families, and I’m proud of the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to serve their fellow citizens.”

The troops are part of the state’s National Guard Reaction Force, which is made up of members who are trained to respond to requests on short notice.

Officials said the Guard will have a support role to local authorities and conduct a site security mission.