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Wauwatosa removes 12-8 p.m. limitation on protests

Wauwatosa Police
Posted at 12:41 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 13:41:12-04

WAUWATOSA — The City of Wauwatosa has removed the limitation that only allows for protests between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The hours of 12 to 8 p.m. came on Thursday in a statement by Mayor Dennis McBride. However, those limitations have since been removed.

In an explanation for the change, the city said, "In taking enforcement action against lawful and legal protest activity, the City cannot treat those events any differently from other events obtaining special event permits, including block parties and local festivals, which can obtain permits allowing activity in the public arena until midnight."

The city made an additional revision as well saying that picketing is not permitted at individual private residences.

The news comes after protesters took to the streets Thursday and Friday night. During these protests, people gathered outside of the mayor's home and at least one person was arrested.

In an email to TMJ4 News, the city of Wauwatosa said, "These modifications do NOT mean that we have called off enforcement activities or lessened our desire to lessen the unrest impacting the City of Wauwatosa at the present time."

They also stated that police will continue to take a strong stance against any unlawful activity in relation to protests.

"While we support the right of the public to peacefully express their views through protest activities, unlawful behavior surrounding any such protest activities must be kept under control," said the city in a statement.

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