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Gov. Evers accepts White House offer to send federal assistance to Kenosha

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers announced he accepted an offer from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to send federal assistance to Kenosha to help with protests.

"The federal government is planning to assist in facilitating conversations with other state partners and provide FBI support to our state response," Brit Cudaback, a spokesperson for the governor, said.

This announcement comes a day after Gov. Evers turned down an offer from Meadows to send federal assistance to Kenosha.

The change of heart from the governor comes after two people were shot to death and another was wounded during the third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake. 

The move means the state could see up to 2,000 National Guard members from other states to help with the unrest, according to the White House.

However, it's still unclear how many Wisconsin will use as those decisions are up to Adjutant General Paul Knapp of the Wisconsin National Guard.

Knapp said at a new confrence he wasn't sure how many would be in Kenosha Wednesday night, instead said keeping people safe is top of mind.

"We care about what happens in this state and we are here to support local authorities in bringing this to a peaceful conclusion," said Knapp.

Gov. Tony Evers has also authorized 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to support local law enforcement in Kenosha County this evening. 

Earlier in the day, President Trump tweeted he's glad Evers accepted his offer.

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