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Milwaukee police call for peaceful protests, condemn looting and violence

Posted at 7:40 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 20:54:30-04

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department urges that protesters who choose to express their First Amendment right to assembly, to do so peacefully.

A spokesperson for MPD said in a statement Thursday that the department continues to support peaceful protests.

But the department also condemned several incidents that happened Wednesday night in the city "that were not peaceful."

Hundreds marched in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee following the decision by the Milwaukee County District Attorney to not charge Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah in the fatal shooting of Alvin Cole.

Protesters march following Mensah decision

Milwaukee police described several of the incidents Wednesday night. MPD says an argument between what MPD describes as a resident and protesters escalated and that the resident's home was vandalized.

MPD continues that protesters also looted and damaged five businesses on Milwaukee's northwest side, and threw bricks at three Milwaukee police squad cars, causing damage.

"The Milwaukee Police Department is requesting that all individuals engaged in expressing their first amendment rights do so peacefully and refrain from the destruction of property," according to the statement.

While the City of Milwaukee has not issued a curfew, a curfew is in effect in the City of Wauwatosa, at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. until Oct. 12.

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