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National Guard troops from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama are called to Kenosha following days of violent protests where two people were killed after the police shooting of Jacob Blake

The National Guard will send troops from three additional states, Arizona, Alabama and Michigan, to Kenosha to assist with operations there, officials said Thursday. 
Gov. Tony Evers had already authorized the deployment of the Wisconsin National Guard to Kenosha. Evers declared a state of emergency Tuesday and enforced an overnight curfew lasting until Sunday. 
On Thursday it was announced that additional agents had been summoned from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama following Tuesday night's violence in which two men, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, were shot dead. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested on Wednesday at his home in Antioch, Illinois, accused of killing the protesters following riots over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
'They will be here and hopefully be assisting us as early as tomorrow night in some cases', the head of Wisconsin’s National Guard Major General Paul Knapp told a news conference.  
In Washington, the Justice Department said it was sending in more than 200 federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The White House said up to 2,000 National Guard troops would be made available. 
The Justice Department also announced that the U.S. attorney's office and FBI would conduct a civil rights investigation into the shooting of Blake, in cooperation with Wisconsin state law enforcement agencies. 
Two members of the Wisconsin National Guard talk to a police officer, left, during a third night of unrest Tuesday in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers
Two members of the Wisconsin National Guard talk to a police officer, left, during a third night of unrest Tuesday in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Knapp, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, speaks at a news conference on August 26
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Knapp, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, speaks at a news conference on August 26
The two men who were killed were Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, pictured, of Kenosha, and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, about 15 miles west of the city
Anthony Huber has been identified as one of the men who was shot dead during the protests on Tuesday night
The two men who were killed were Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, about 15 miles west of the city. The wounded person, Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, of West Allis, about 30 miles northwest of Kenosha, was expected to survive, police said. 
Groups that had taken to Kenosha's streets with long guns were nowhere to be seen early Thursday following somber protests and no widespread unrest for the first night since the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Marchers were solemn during Wednesday night's protests in the southeastern Wisconsin city between Milwaukee and Chicago following the chaos of the previous night, when authorities say a 17-year-old from a nearby Illinois community killed two demonstrators and wounded a third in shootings largely caught on cellphone video and posted online.
The attack late Tuesday and the shooting by police Sunday of Blake, a 29-year-old Black father of six who was left paralyzed from the waist down, made Kenosha the latest focal point in the fight against racial injustice that has gripped the country since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Members of the Wisconsin National Guard bow their heads in prayer at the start of a news conference Thursday
Members of the Wisconsin National Guard bow their heads in prayer at the start of a news conference Thursday 
A Kenosha police vehicle is parked outside a defensive perimeter that has been erected around the Kenosha Municipal Building in response to the protests in the city on Thursday
A Kenosha police vehicle is parked outside a defensive perimeter that has been erected around the Kenosha Municipal Building in response to the protests in the city on Thursday 
Blake, who is a father of six, is now in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery
Blake, who is a father of six, is now in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery
Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Wisconsin police on Sunday as his three young sons watched on. He is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says. Blake is pictured above being treated just moments after the shooting
Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Wisconsin police on Sunday as his three young sons watched on. He is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says. Blake is pictured above being treated just moments after the shooting
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had already authorized the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops in the city of 100,000. Evers declared a state of emergency Tuesday and enforced an overnight curfew lasting until Sunday
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had already authorized the deployment of 500 members of the National Guard to Kenosha, doubling the number of troops in the city of 100,000. Evers declared a state of emergency Tuesday and enforced an overnight curfew lasting until Sunday
There were no groups patrolling Kenosha's streets with long guns Wednesday night as there had been during previous nights' protests. 
Protesters also stayed away from a courthouse that had been the site of standoffs with law enforcement. Unlike the previous two nights, when dozens of fires were set and businesses were ransacked and destroyed, there was no widespread unrest.  
Protesters marched past the intersection where two people were killed Tuesday night, stopping to gather around the spot where one person was shot, and to pray and lay flowers. Daijon Spann said he decided to join the demonstration because one of those killed the night before was a friend.
'I couldn't take it any more,' he said. 'I couldn't just sit there and watch my friend die.' 
While the investigation into the shooting of Blake proceeded on one track, Kenosha police faced questions about their interactions with the gunman the night of the killings. 
According to witness accounts and video footage, police apparently let the gunman walk past them and leave the scene with a rifle over his shoulder and his hands in the air as members of the crowd were yelling for him to be arrested because he had shot people.
As for how the gunman managed to slip away, Sheriff David Beth described a chaotic, high-stress scene, with lots of radio traffic and people screaming, chanting and running — conditions he said can cause 'tunnel vision' among law officers. 
Much of Rittenhouse's Facebook page is devoted to praising law enforcement, with references to Blue Lives Matter, a movement that supports police. In photos posted on his page, which has since been locked down, he also can be seen holding an assault rifle. 
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with first degree intentional homicide following the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha on Tuesday. Social media photos show the teen had a strong admiration for law enforcement and guns
Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide over the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night. He will be extradited for a hearing on Friday in Wisconsin - where anyone 17 and over is treated as an adult
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with first degree intentional homicide following the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha on Tuesday. Social media photos show the teen had a strong admiration for law enforcement and guns 
Disturbing new footage has emerged which appears to show the police-obsessed gunman, left, charged with the murder of two BLM protesters in Kenosha shooting dead his first victim before running away
Disturbing new footage has emerged which appears to show the police-obsessed gunman, left, charged with the murder of two BLM protesters in Kenosha shooting dead his first victim before running away
The man with the skateboard stumbled away from the gunman clutching his chest (right) as another man appeared to put his hands up in front of the shooter
The man with the skateboard stumbled away from the gunman clutching his chest (right) as another man appeared to put his hands up in front of the shooter
In a photo posted on his mother's page, he is wearing what appears to be a blue law enforcement uniform as well as the kind of brimmed hat that state troopers wear.
Blake was shot in the back seven times Sunday as he leaned into his SUV, in which three of his children were seated.
On Wednesday — three days after the shooting — state authorities identified the officer who shot Blake as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department.
Authorities said Sheskey was among officers who responded to a domestic dispute, though they have not said whether Blake was part of the dispute. 
Sheskey shot Blake while holding onto his shirt after officers first unsuccessfully used a Taser, the Wisconsin Justice Department said. State agents later recovered a knife from the floor on the driver's side of the vehicle, the department said. State authorities did not say Blake threatened anyone with the knife.
Ben Crump, the lawyer for Blake's family, said Tuesday that it would 'take a miracle' for Blake to walk again. He called for the arrest of Sheskey and for the others involved to lose their jobs. State officials have announced no charges.
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Groups that had taken to Kenosha¿s streets with long guns were nowhere to be seen early Thursday following somber protests and no widespread unrest for the first night since the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake
Groups that had taken to Kenosha’s streets with long guns were nowhere to be seen early Thursday following somber protests and no widespread unrest for the first night since the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake

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  1. nothing says 'ready for action' quite like a rifle and a pair of red white & blue rubber slippers

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