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Protests went from “peaceful” to violent early Tuesday in Madison after, Devonere Johnson, a black man was arrested for bringing a baseball bat and megaphone into a Capitol Square restaurant.
“Officers attempted to place him under arrest for his actions inside the restaurant. Johnson resisted arrest and struggled with officers … Johnson was able to push past officers and escape from the squad car before being tackled as he attempted to escape.”
– Statement from Madison Police
Sen. Tim Carpenter was assaulted by protesters after he took a picture of them. The protesters punched him multiple times and kicked him in the head.
“I want to be clear: violence against any person — whether in the middle of the street in broad daylight, at home trying to sleep, going for a run, or happening upon a protest as was the case last night — is wrong,” he said in a statement. “It should never be tolerated.”
– Governor Evers
On Wednesday Governor Evers put the National Guard on alert to help with the situation if it continued to escalate.
Prior to police arriving protesters smashed windows at the county jail and state capitol as they demanded that Johnson be released.
The protesters also took down two statues outside of the statehouse.
The Madison Police Department estimates that there were 200-300 protesters.
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