Protesters in Wisconsin Accused of Assaulting Democratic State Senator
Wisconsin protesters toppled statues, vandalized buildings, and were accused of assaulting a Democratic state senator on video Tuesday night after protests turned violent.
Both Gov. Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway condemned the violence and destruction Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the protest group issued several demands.
The violence started when a large group of protesters marched through downtown Madison, initially blocking intersections and obstructing driveways, according to the authorities.
Several statues were torn down and removed from the grounds during the protests.
Protesters also broke the windows of multiple buildings on the grounds and tossed in a Molotov cocktail into the City-County Building, police said. The group tried to break into the State Capitol building, but officers repelled them with pepper spray.
State Sen. Tim Carpenter was walking to the Capitol building late Tuesday when he encountered the protesters and started recording them. Carpenter stated that he was assaulted and beat up by eight to ten people as he took the video.