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Ducey Sending Arizona National Guard Troops To Wisconsin Following Civil Unrest

Gov. Doug Ducey is sending more than 150 Arizona National Guard troops to Wisconsin to support law enforcement capacity in the state at the request of its Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

This comes as the state is seeing civil unrest after a white police officer shot a Black man in the back. 

Arizona is one of three states sending personnel to Wisconsin, according to a Thursday statement from Ducey's office. The troops expected to arrive Friday.

"Arizona supports public safety, everywhere — and we stand with Wisconsin now in their time of need," Ducey said. 

The unrest seen in communities across Wisconsin led Evers to declare a state of emergency on Aug. 25. President Donald Trump is sending additional resources, including federal law enforcement and National Guard troops, to the state. 

Arizona also experienced civil unrest over the summer spurred by the death of George Floyd. During that time, Ducey said the Arizona National Guard provided effective support to state and local law enforcement keeping the peace. The troops have also contributed to Arizona’s COVID-19 response. 

"We’re grateful for their continued service to support public safety wherever it is needed," he said. 

Rocio Hernandez was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2022.