Wisconsin Governor Orders National Guard to Kenosha ahead of Rittenhouse Verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse sits with his attorneys during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., November 11, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/Pool via Reuters)

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers has called up the National Guard ahead of an impending verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

About 500 guardsmen will be deployed to a staging area outside the city of Kenosha to assist local law-enforcement officers if needed. Closing arguments in Rittenhouse’s trial are scheduled for Monday, after which the jury will begin deliberations. It is unclear when a verdict will be reached.

“We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and greater area safe,” Evers said in a statement Friday. “The Kenosha community has been strong, resilient, and has come together through incredibly difficult times these past two years, and that healing is still ongoing.”

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