The Department of Justice has deployed over 200 agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals to Kenosha, Wis., according to DOJ officials.
The federal law enforcement agents will “assist local authorities in the response to rioting and unrest,” DOJ Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.
The unrest was prompted by the wounding of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot in the back by a police officer.
President Trump had promised to send federal law enforcement officials to the area, saying Wednesday that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had agreed to accept the assistance.
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Protests in Kenosha were less violent late Wednesday into early Thursday, a stark contrast to the previous three nights in the city that saw fires and clashes between police and demonstrators, as well as two people fatally shot, according to multiple reports.
The Civic Center Park and the Kenosha County Courthouse served as the main areas where protesters gathered throughout the night, with almost no visible traces of law enforcement through the city’s 7 p.m. curfew. Protest leaders urged the crowd to comply with the curfew and avoid those who could potentially instigate more violence.
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Fox News’ David Aaro contributed to this report.