National Guard concludes Wauwatosa support mission

Wisconsin National Guard in Wauwatosa

The Wisconsin National Guard on Wednesday, Oct. 14 announced that it has concluded its mission to support local law enforcement efforts to curtail unlawful activity in Wauwatosa.

National Guard troops mobilized last week after local authorities request assistance, anticipating unrest after the decision not to criminal charge Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah in the fatal shooting of Alvin Cole. The mission formally ended on Oct. 12.

The troops served in a "state active duty" status in a supporting role to local law enforcement in an effort to help preserve public safety.

The National Guard was not the lead agency in this response, and while the troops remained under the command and control of the National Guard’s chain of command, they served in direct support of local officials and did not operate autonomously.

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The National Guard remains ready and committed to assisting in Wauwatosa or any other community if future needs arise and local authorities request the Guard’s assistance.

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