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Streets quiet after curfew is lifted in Wauwatosa following Joseph Mensah decision

Posted at 10:12 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 23:28:35-04

WAUWATOSA — The first night clear of a curfew in the city of Wauwatosa was quiet as the clock approached 10 p.m. The quiet streets come after 5 straight days of protests and clashes with police that led to more than 60 arrests since Wednesday.

The city’s mayor and police chief held a press conference early Monday, where they discussed what is expected in the days to come.

"There is no longer any curfew in effect, so as far as we’re concerned it’s business as usual. Hopefully, people will remain calm and peaceful like they have the last few nights,” said Police Chief Barry Webber.

Throughout the streets of Wauwatosa, many business windows were still covered with plywood. Some were open, but working behind the covered storefronts. Protesters broke a small amount of both business and residential windows Wednesday night after the decision not to charge suspended Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah in the death of Alvin Cole.

The mayor said he believed there will be more protests in the future, but is optimistic they will remain peaceful.

“I don’t believe that we’re going to have a full level of peace in Wauwatosa until the issue of Officer Mensa is resolved,” said Mayor Dennis McBride.

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