In Kenosha, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has 500 National Guard troops on standby over the concerns of possible violence over the Rittenhouse verdict expected next week. Evers said in a statement:
We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and greater area safe. 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. 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.
In a separate statement, Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, said:
We stand ready to support our communities during times of need. In close coordination with the governor, we have assembled approximately 500 Soldiers to help keep the Kenosha community safe, should a request from our local partners come in.
Rittenhouse charges include six charges, including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide; he has pleaded not guilty.
In August 2020, Rittenhouse, then 17, shot and killed two protesters and wounded a third during a protest over the police shooting Jacob Blake in Kenosha. The jurors are expected to begin deliberation Monday.