Wisconsin State Capitol boarded up, National Guard mobilized following violence at US Capitol
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Windows at the state Capitol were boarded up Monday as a “precautionary measure” following violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Gov. Tony Evers also authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support Wisconsin's Capitol Police. Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will mobilize to state active duty to support safety and security efforts at the State Capitol in Madison.
In a statement, a Department of Administration official told CBS 58 the boards were being put up to increase security to the building.
“In keeping with proactive cautionary measures happening at state houses throughout the country, the Department of Administration’s Facilities Management team will be boarding exterior ground floor windows at the State Capitol beginning today,” Molly Vidal said in a statement to CBS 58.
Developing: Wooden boards are being installed on windows on the state Capitol. An official says it’s part of “proactive cautionary measures” statehouses across the country are doing after violence at the U.S. Capitol last week and potentially more activity in coming days. pic.twitter.com/giSnt9d1PM— Victor Jacobo (@victorjacobo_) January 11, 2021
According to a news release from Gov. Evers' officer, the mobilized troops are part of the Wisconsin National Guard Reaction Force, which consists of troops trained to respond to requests for assistance on short notice. The Wisconsin National Guard will serve in a support role to local authorities and conduct a site security mission.
“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 mobilized troops will serve in a State Active Duty status in support of the Capitol Police. To protect operational security, the Wisconsin National Guard will not discuss troop numbers, movements, timelines, equipment, tactics, or procedures.