National Guard activated after fatal Milwaukee shooting
The state of Wisconsin activated its National Guard to help maintain order after a fatal shooting by police sparked a night of angry protests and arson in the city of Milwaukee. While an uneasy calm had returned to the affected neighbourhood by August 14 afternoon, Mayor Tom Barrett said that the city still faced “a very volatile situation”. He said the 124 uniformed troops, who were activated by the state’s governor, would not be deployed unless the city’s police chief, Edward Flynn, decided they were needed. Violence broke out overnight as angry crowds took to the streets, throwing rocks and torching buildings in protest over the shooting.