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After peaceful afternoon, protests escalate in Madison

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Protesters smash the window of Goodman's Jewelers on State Street. WKOW photo
Protesters smash the window of Goodman's Jewelers on State Street. WKOW photo
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Madison police move in after protesters smash storefront windows
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Protesters stand off on State Street in Madison
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A business on State Street had its front window smashed by protesters
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The inside of Goodman's Jewelers after protesters smashed the front window to get in.
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Police use pepper spray on protesters on State Street after windows of several businesses were smashed.
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A Madison police squad car was burned, and two rifles stolen during unrest May 30, 2020.
A Madison police squad car was burned, and two rifles stolen during unrest May 30, 2020.
Protests escalate in Madison

WATCH LIVE: Protesters have started to throw rocks and damage property in downtown Madison. #27NewsBreaking https://on.wkow.com/3gER5kc

Posted by WKOW 27 on Saturday, May 30, 2020

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Protesters set a squad car on fire as crowds of bystanders look on.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway this evening expressed support for the peaceful protest over the killing last week in Minneapolis of George Floyd while in police custody.

The mayor and other community leaders held the news conference following an evening of unrest.

"I share the demonstrators' passion, frustration and resolve that serious social change is needed in our nation," Rhodes-Conway said. "We must address systemic racism in all if its forms."

She said she supported people protesting as long as they wanted, and wherever they wanted, but only if they did so peacefully.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department has said that two officers have been injured, their conditions are unknown at this time.

Police have said that protesters have been throwing chairs and rock at the police on State Street.

Multiple businesses have been damaged during the protests, according to Madison Police.

Injuries to protester are currently unknown.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Following an afternoon of mostly peaceful protest over the death Monday of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, a confrontation broke out late Saturday on State Street in Madison.

A smaller group of protesters split off from the main about 5 p.m. and made their way down State Street.

After attempting to block traffic, a small group threw rocks and smashed the window of Goodman's Jewelers.

Shortly after, Madison police formed a line and moved in on the protesters, firing pepper spray to disperse the crowd.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Protesters continued to move down the street where they threw chairs from restaurants out into the police and at police.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison Police arrived on the scene and used pepper spray to try to disperse the crowd.

The Madison Police Department is asking people to avoid the State Street area.

6:33pmPlease continue to avoid the State Street area...groups are breaking windows and entering businesses...officers...

Posted by Madison Police Department on Saturday, May 30, 2020

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Protesters are attempting to break into a jewelry store on State Street.

A few other stores look to have also been damaged by the protesters.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A small group of protesters in downtown Madison have started to escalate into damaging property.

It seemed that this smaller group started gathering after the larger, peaceful protest wrapped up.

Protester have been seen throwing rocks at the Madison Police precinct in downtown and breaking windows.

Stay with 27 News as we follow this protest.

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