Wisconsin Gov. declares a state of emergency after unrest over police shooting Jacob Blake

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency, according to a statement released by his office on Tuesday, after the unrest that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Evers said he would authorize the expansion of the Wisconsin National Guard presence to 250.

CNN reported that, "Following the Monday night protests, Governor Evers announced today that he has authorized the Wisconsin National Guard's support for Kenosha County to 250 members and will continue to adapt to meet local needs."

The statement called on the demonstrators to protest peacefully and safely. The statement said: “The ability to exercise First Amendment rights is a very important part of our democracy and the pursuit of justice.

CNN reported that Evers said in a previous statement that the move to increase the National Guard presence was "to ensure that individuals can safely exercise their rights, protect vital state buildings and infrastructure, and support first responders and firefighters."

According to a report published in The Hill, attorneys representing the family of Jacob Blake, the black man shot by cops in the back at close range, announced that a civil case will be filed against the Kenosha Police Department.

The report said Blake was shot several times in Kenosha on Sunday after officers responded to a reported local incident.

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Kramp said Blake was in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

The incident comes after the murder of George Floyd, a black man, who highlighted the issue of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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