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15 arrests in Madison following more violence overnight

15 arrests in Madison following more violence overnight

Updated: June 02, 2020 01:33 PM

MADISON, Wis. - A small group of demonstrators broke boarded-up stores early Tuesday morning in downtown Madison, marking a third night of confrontations with police who sprayed tear gas to clear the crowd. Madison police said 15 people were arrested, bringing the total number of arrests since Saturday to at least 32.

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Madison is among the cities in Wisconsin and nationwide where anger over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked peaceful protests but also property damage and vandalism.

Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl said in his blog Tuesday that multiple police officers were struck with rocks and projectiles.

Protesters have also spray painted graffiti on the Wisconsin state Capitol, dumped paint on the beloved “Forward” statue outside, and defaced the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. 

Gov. Tony Evers called for combating racism and the unacceptable use of force by police.

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