The Milwaukee County Sheriff called for the National Guard to respond to Milwaukee Sunday, after the deadly police shooting of a man sparked violent protests overnight.
“We cannot allow for a repeat of what happened last night. I am going to utilize all available resources to accomplish that,” Sheriff David Clarke said in a statement.
He added that he was having “ongoing discussions” with city and state officials, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Major Gen. Donald Dunbar, about how to handle the weekend tumult.
David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis., where a police shooting of an armed man sparked violent protests.
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Protests erupted in Wisconsin’s largest city after a police officer shot and killed an armed man who was fleeing from a traffic stop around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the man ran from his car, carrying a gun. Police said an officer fired at the man twice after he refused orders to drop his weapon.
The man has not been identified as of Sunday morning, but police said he had a lengthy arrest record.
Police stand near a burning gas station.
The shooting led to hours of protests through Saturday, which turned violent when demonstrators set fires and chucked rocks at police officers. The crowd set at least four buildings ablaze, including a gas station, as well as a two squad cars, police said. One officer was hospitalized after a rock smashed through the window of a police car, hitting the cop in the head.
At least three people were arrested overnight. There were no reports of serious injuries.
Milwaukee appeared to calm down Sunday morning, with community groups leading prayer circles and street cleanups in the area where chaos erupted the night before.