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‘Defund the Police’ Demonstrators message outside Madison City Hall

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Activists paint "Defund Police" outside of the City Hall in Madison June 8 during a downtown block party demonstration.
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Activists paint "Defund Police" outside of the City Hall in Madison June 8 during a downtown block party demonstration.
Activists paint "Defund Police" outside of the City Hall in Madison June 8 during a downtown block party demonstration.
Activists paint "Defund Police" outside of the City Hall in Madison June 8 during a downtown block party demonstration.
Activists paint "Defund Police" outside of the City Hall in Madison June 8 during a downtown block party demonstration.
Activists paint "Defund Police" outside of the City Hall in Madison June 8 during a downtown block party demonstration.

MADISON (WKOW) -- During a block party on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on Monday night, demonstrators left a message for city leaders by painting "Defund the Police" on the roadway.

Defunding the police department is one of the main demands of these protesters, along with community control over police, releasing all black people from the Dane County Jail and removing police officers from schools.

Monday night's event was organized as a block party. One of the organizers, Mahnker Dahnweih of Freedom, Inc., said they chose the spot on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard for a reason -- so the mayor would see it.

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