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Wauwatosa curfew remains in effect after protests escalated

Posted at 6:32 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 19:32:20-04

WAUWATOSA — Wauwatosa's curfew continues Thursday night following the district attorney's charging decision in the deadly police shooting of Alvin Cole.

After Wednesday night's protests escalated, there was a call for demonstrations to remain peaceful.

Protesters marched and drove caravans through Wauwatosa and Milwaukee on Wednesday. As night fell things escalated. Businesses and homes were vandalized.

Jeff Frailing says a tenant sent him a video of someone throwing rocks at his apartment building window.

"Before I could finish the video my 70-year-old tenant Barbara called me to tell me that she was just scared," said Jeff.

The building owner said Barbara was in her bedroom instead of her usual chair near the window that was shattered.

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"I understand the damage to buildings, looting but people live here and you could’ve hurt or killed somebody," said Jeff.

In a written update, Wauwatosa Police said between 150 to 200 people came to the city and that some threw projectiles like glass bottles and rocks at officers.

Police declared it an unlawful assembly and used teargas when people refused to leave. Police also say they used paintballs and pepper balls in self-defense. Plus, a couple of stores in Milwaukee including the gas station were looted.

By morning, people came together to clean up the damage.

"You can tell by the people around us here that nothing is going to stop us today. That means both support black lives matter and moving forward as a community," said Alderwoman Meagan O'Reilly.

Wauwatosa Police arrested one person for failing to follow orders to disperse. The Wisconsin National Guard will continue to offer local authorities support.

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