June 1: People Gather In Milwaukee For 4th Night, Curfew In Effect
Protests are happening around the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. In Milwaukee, protests have been occurring since last Friday over Floyd's death and other cases of police brutality.
Here you'll find updates on protests happening in the Milwaukee area.
Check out all of WUWM's protest coverage here:
Updated Tuesday at 8:22 a.m.: Protesters Gather In Milwaukee For Fourth Night
For the fourth night in a row, protesters are taking to the streets of Milwaukee. A large crowd of people marching and in vehicles made its way through downtown. The number of people taking part in or witnessing protests before 9 p.m. seemed smaller than the last three nights.
An African American man who gave his name as Gabriel told WUWM he's just as committed to what he believes is a good cause. "The minorities are stepping up for each other. They're showing, you know, that they'll help each other out," he said.
Others decided to keep the protests despite the 9 p.m. city curfew. Around 9:30 the car caravan that's been a big part of the Milwaukee demonstrations honked its way through downtown Milwaukee's Third Ward.
A video on Twitter shows a group of protesters demanding a tagger drop their paint, ultimately doing so.
A man driving on the sidewalk forced several pedestrians to move.
Just after 10 p.m., the group was heading east on Brady Street. Then they went north on Oakland Avenue about an hour later.
Three times, WUWM witnessed police detaining people ― in the Third Ward around 9:45 p.m., on Milwaukee St. north of downtown about 10:30 p.m. and on E. North Ave. around 11 p.m. Vehicles were also being toweed.
On North Ave., WUWM spoke with Chris Schwartz, who a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer witnessed being slugged by one of the protestors. He said he had told the man not to throw a garbage can through a store window. "Just started swinging on me, knocked me down. Then other people came in and started jumping on me," Schwartz shared.
The protestors then drove or walked toward UW-Milwaukee. At Oakland and Locust, amid honking horns, a member of the crowd set off firecrackers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the protestors kept going north, through Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, after midnight.
-Lauren Sigfusson, Chuck Quirmbach
10:20 p.m.: Racine Issues 10 PM Curfew
Racine issued a 10 p.m. curfew Monday. It ends Tuesday at 5 a.m.
5:23 p.m.: Wauwatosa Sets Curfew Again, Starts At 9 PM
Wauwatosa set a curfew Monday for 9 p.m. It ends Tuesday at 7 a.m. This is the third night in a row the city has had a curfew.
5:05 p.m.: Milwaukee Common Council President Calls For 'Reforms And Better Communication, Accountability'
In light of the protests taking place in Milwaukee and across the country over police brutality, Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson says the city needs "reforms and better communication, accountability." In a statement he said:
"We need major reforms now that will hold our police more accountable when they harm us instead of protect us. Some of these changes can be done immediately within two City departments: the Fire and Police Commission and the Milwaukee Police Department itself.
Our discipline process needs to be swift, consistent, and transparent — and needs to send a message to all officers and citizens that not just the offenders will be punished, but also those officers who stand by and do nothing, and especially those officers who file false, misleading, or incomplete reports afterward."
Read his full statement here.
4:54 p.m.: Marching In Racine Continues Monday After Sunday's Protest Ends In Tear Gas, Arson
After Sunday’s peaceful march to the Racine Police Department ended in tear gas and arson, people are marching in Racine again on Monday.
Sunday’s fire seriously damaged the Thelma Orr community-oriented policing House. It’s a landmark in Racine that honors the work of Thelma Orr, a black woman activist directly responsible for the recruitment and development of a number of African American police officers.
-Angelina Mosher Salazar
4:27 p.m.: Hundreds Turn Up To Clean Up King Drive
Hundreds of people grabbed brooms and rakes Monday to help clean up Martin Luther King Drive, which is in the heart of a minority-owned business district north of downtown Milwaukee. The district saw significant damage this past weekend after peaceful protests turned violent over three consecutive nights.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Milwaukee, protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Looters smashed in the windows of some businesses along King Drive and streets across the north side, and spray painted the storefronts.
4:03 p.m.: Milwaukee Sets Curfew For 3rd Night In A Row
Milwaukee will have a citywide curfew Monday starting at 9 p.m, ending at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. This is the third night a row that the city has set a curfew.
Milwaukee’s emergency curfew has been extended from June 1 at 9 p.m. until June 2 at 5:30 a.m. The following credentialed personnel, working in official capacity, are exempt: government, emergency services, utility services, medical providers, social services providers and press.— Mayor Tom Barrett (@MayorOfMKE) June 1, 2020
The Milwaukee Police Department says those found in violation of this curfew will be arrested and fined $691.00.
12:53 p.m.: Protesters March To Waukesha County Courthouse
A crowd of about 200 marched from Frame Park to the Waukesha County Courthouse. They're peacefully chanting, as sheriff’s deputies stand between them and the courthouse.
The crowd also made its way to the Five Points intersection in downtown, some protesters were on the ground, face down.