MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Dozens of protesters marched downtown Monday the night after the shooting of a Black man in Kenosha.
Demonstrators started at the Capitol steps early in the evening and began marching up and down State Street. Around 11:20 p.m., an officer estimated around 200 people had gathered.
Police presence was limited during the protests. Some mounted officers were seen in the area early in the evening, but stayed back.
A Madison Police Dept. spokesperson told NBC15 News they were monitoring the situation. He added that officers were close by, but they were trying to give the protesters some space.
Protests tonight in Madison began on the Capitol Square and the group of about 50-70 now marching down State Street towards the 100 block @nbc15_madison pic.twitter.com/Mu2W6Dhola
As protesters marched, owners and employees of some downtown businesses were downtown as well, but for a different reason.
STATE STREET: Madison businesses are boarding up their windows and doors tonight. Owners tell me theyâre âpreparing for the worst.â About 60 protesters are marching right now down State Street. pic.twitter.com/GR2kgcz1Qb
The protesters said they expected the protest to remain peaceful and they they are out there because they are tired of the injustice in the black community and police brutality.
âIâm disappointed because itâs just like you guys complain about us protesting but then do the stuff that makes us protest,â DaâJadae Riddle, a Madison local protesting in downtown, said. âWhat do you think is going to happen? Obviously weâre going to keep protesting. Weâre tired of it. Especially it happening in Wisconsin now, I donât feel safe so obviously Iâm gonna protest for it.â
Riddle said she would not be participating in any violence at the demonstration Monday night, but said she wouldnât be surprised if other protesters did.
âIf you are a police officer and you are good, stop coming into the job so scared. Learn about your f****ing community, learn whatâs right and whatâs wrong. And if youâre a good cop you need to arrest all the bad cops and you need to call that out because thatâs not okay,â he said.
Emanuel said the protesters and the Black Lives Matter movement have always championed peaceful demonstrations. He said the purpose of the protests Monday night is a peaceful resolution.
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