Evers released details Thursday on other states that were brought into Kenosha Thursday to provide mutual aid in the form of National Guard troops as well as equipment. This is the fourth day since Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Kenosha police on Sunday and the fourth escalation of the Guard in that city of 100,000 in southwestern Wisconsin.
The agreements are carried out within an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Evers said in a statement that troop numbers will be adjusted as needed.
Guard troops from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama joined the Wisconsin National Guard members already located in Kenosha. Evers upped that number to 500 on Wednesday. The Guard first arrived on Aug. 24, the day officials from Kenosha made the request. His Republican critics and some Kenosha officials have asked for total troop numbers closer to 2,000 in the small area. Evers has been under intense political pressure, including phone calls from President Donald Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows, to augment the law enforcement presence there. Curfews are in place, Wednesday night it began at 7 pm.
In announcing the new support, Evers’ office made it clear the troops from other states are doing so under state active duty status, not under a federal status and direction — meaning they remain under their own state’s control and fall under the operational control of the adjutant general of Wisconsin while they are mobilized.
“Local officials are leading the response in Kenosha and National Guard troops are serving in a support role to assist civil authorities in preserving public safety and individuals’ ability to exercise their First Amendment rights to assemble peaceably,” said Evers’ press office.