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New video appears to show off-duty MPD officer striking photographer at protest

Posted at 8:10 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 11:03:50-04

New video shows an off-duty Milwaukee police officer allegedly striking a photographer at a protest.

An attorney for the women shared the video with TMJ4 News, saying it shows the officer striking his client, resulting in property damage and injury.

The incident happened Sunday evening on Old World Third Street. Milwaukee Police says it has opened an internal investigation.

Earlier this week, MPD released a statement on the investigation.

"The off-duty member and a family member were involved in an incident with protesters. This incident is under review. There is no further information at this time," the department said in a statement.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Old German Beer Hall addressed the situation, which took place outside. According to the hall, the man and woman involved in the altercation are patrons and members of the hall's Stein Club. The hall said it would no longer allow the couple on its property.

"Our staff acted admirably in quickly ending an escalating situation. We are extremely disappointed in the behavior of these two individuals, their actions put our staff and patrons in harm's way. They also brought unwanted negativity to our business and neighborhood," wrote the beer hall.

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