MILWAUKEE (AP) — Demonstrators and a caravan of vehicles streamed through streets on Milwaukee's north side overnight Wednesday and headed to a police precinct station where National Guard members stood watch.
Officers used smoke or gas to disperse the protesters. But, it was a quieter demonstration than previous nights when peaceful protests later devolved into violence.
The crowd of several hundred that marched across Milwaukee largely dispersed by 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
And in Madison, hundreds of protesters against police violence peacefully gathered in downtown Madison on Wednesday night.
A crowd of people marched around Capitol Square demanding justice for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other victims of police violence. A somber vigil gave way to a more lively gathering with music and dancing.
The demonstrations follow the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, ignoring Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe.
Prosecutors Wednesday upgraded charges against the officer, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder and charged three other officers with aiding and abetting in the case that has rocked the nation with protests over race and police brutality.