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Crowds tear down statues in Madison, attack Wisconsin state senator

Posted at 6:58 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 14:39:22-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues and attacked a state senator amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who was at a restaurant with a megaphone and a baseball bat.

Video released by the Madison Police Department shows the man talking through the megaphone Tuesday while walking near the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

He goes inside and says he’s “disturbing” the restaurant.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that late Tuesday Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was assaulted after taking a photo of protesters.

Statues of Wisconsin’s motto “Forward” and of Col. Hans Christian Heg were dragged away from the statehouse.

The unrest followed weeks of mostly peaceful protests of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In a statement from Gov. Tony Evers, he said last night's protest was in "stark contrast" to others.

"What happened in Madison last night presented a stark contrast from the peaceful protests we have seen across our state in recent weeks, including significant damage to state property. I want to be clear: violence against any person, whether in the middle of the street in broad daylight, at home trying to sleep, going for a run, or happening upon a protest as was the case last night, is wrong. It should never be tolerated," said Evers.

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