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Wisconsin National Guard on standby to assist in Kenosha

Closing arguments in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial are expected Monday. Closing arguments in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial are expected Monday. |  Photo: ABC News

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Updated: November 12, 2021 02:37 PM
Created: November 12, 2021 02:31 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has put 500 National Guard troops on standby to respond to Kenosha if their help is needed.

The governor's office says hundreds of officers from other agencies are also volunteering. 

"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," Gov. Evers said in a press release. "I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully."

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Wisconsin National Guard Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp says 500 soldiers will be ready to go in should Kenosha law enforcement request it. 

Closing arguments could be held as soon as Monday in Kenosha County, after which the jury will begin to deliberate on charges of homicide, recklessly endangering safety and more.

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