Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has issued Executive Order #209, declaring a State of Emergency after a fatal officer involved shooting.
The Executive Order was issued yesterday, in response to a Milwaukee County request for Public Safety Assistance. The State of Emergency was declared in response to citizen protests and “an escalation of civil unrest in Milwaukee County.” The Milwaukee County Sheriff has requested assistance from the National Guard to provide security and other essential services.
Violent protests erupted after police shot dead an armed suspect during a traffic stop on Friday. According to police, the 23 year old man was armed with a handgun loaded with 23 rounds of ammunition. The man has not yet been identified, and it’s unclear at this time as to whether or not he fired any shots. A second suspect was arrested after fleeing from the vehicle.
Within hours, scores of people took to the streets to protest. The protest quickly became violent as protesters threw rocks and bricks, set a gas station on fire, and fired gunshots. One police car was also set on fire, and the windows of two more squad cars were smashed. One officer has been injured after being struck by a thrown brick.
Crowd breaks widows of unoccupied squad near Sherman and Auer. Other squad set afire and broken windows on another. pic.twitter.com/Jux2mJZYyQ
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) August 14, 2016
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett announced that at least three people were arrested in relation to the protest. He also issued a plea for peace, saying “If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done.”
The officer involved in the fatal shooting has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.