Evers responds to damage related to protest

Gov. Tony Evers Evers yesterday authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support local law enforcement in Dane County after a night of violence at the State Capitol. Evers issued a statement after a night of protests Tuesday ended in the beating of a state senator, significant damage to state buildings, and the tearing down of two iconic statues.

Evers stated the night was in stark contrast from the peaceful protests across the state in recent weeks and urged the public to remember the reasons the protests began. Damage to the state Capitol building, the surrounding area, the Tommy G. Thompson Center, the “Forward” statue, and the Col. Hans Christian Heg statue is being assessed.

Evers stated that he is prepared to activate the Wisconsin National Guard to protect state buildings and infrastructure and is continuing to work with local law enforcement to plan the response to similar events in the future.