Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Incidents have prompted another curfew in Shorewood
About 10 protesters were arrested at the Milwaukee-Shorewood border Sunday night after a peaceful protest ended with people throwing bottles at police, damaging two squad cars and stealing a police rifle.
The incidents have led Shorewood officials to issue a curfew for 9 p.m. Monday.
Police heard a group of 1,500 protesters, followed by about 200 to 300 vehicles, planned to travel north on Oakland Avenue to Capitol Drive, then to Walmart, 401 E. Capitol Drive.
The protest occurred the weekend after 46-year-old George Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis police. Similar protests have occurred across the country in the aftermath of Floyd’s death. The police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of an unarmed Floyd has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.
Shorewood police initially planned to allow the protesters into Shorewood, and had closed off side streets near Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive to prevent vehicle traffic from hitting the group, according to a report issued Monday by Shorewood police.
“At no time was our intent to stop or confront the group,” the report stated. “We simply wanted to make sure the route was clear and no vehicles confronted the crowd from the north as this would be a dangerous situation.”
Peaceful night turns violent
Shorewood police said the first group of protesters that passed through around 9:50 p.m. were peaceful and talked with officers.
Six minutes later, officers learned protesters damaged a Shorewood squad car parked at Oakland and Edgewood avenues. The squad was dented on the roof and hood from protesters stomping on it. A rifle had also been forcibly removed from a mount inside the car, according to the report.
Multiple protesters also threw ice bottles and beer cans at officers at the intersection, on the Milwaukee-Shorewood border. One officer was hit in the back by half of a brick, according to the statement.
A Brown Deer police vehicle at the intersection also sustained extensive damage. Protesters poured liquor on top of the squad, with some yelling to set it on fire. The protesters did not start a fire.
The protesters did not continue north on Oakland Avenue, either.
Several protesters wearing black clothing with orange bandanas redirected others east onto Edgewood Avenue, with several backtracking to follow the rest of the group, according to the report.
Officers were redeployed to block traffic for the protesters’ new route, although they did not know the group’s route.
The protesters continued north on Maryland Avenue, then east on Menlo Avenue, where a man wearing all black with an orange bandana held an unlit Molotov cocktail while pointing and yelling at officers standing about 20 to 25 feet away from him, according to the report.
Cars also drove on the grassy median and several front lawns along Menlo Avenue.
Protesters then headed south on Downer Avenue, back toward Milwaukee. At 10:30 p.m., the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, joined by Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit and Major Incident Response Team, arrived along with three armored vehicles just south of the Shorewood-Milwaukee border.
About 10 protesters were arrested by those law enforcement officers. The protesters had moved south out of Shorewood by about 10:51 p.m.
Other incidents into the morning
Later that night, around 12:30 a.m. about 100 cars traveling at “extreme speeds” headed east on Capitol Drive toward Shorewood, using both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Shorewood squads were dispatched to the intersection of Capitol Drive and Humboldt Boulevard, which caused the vehicles to turn around and head west.
Shorewood squads were sent to assist Glendale police with similar instances at 1:42 a.m. and 2:27 a.m. At 2:34 a.m., a vehicle was set on fire at the Heiser Ford dealership in Glendale. The North Shore Fire Department extinguished the fire. The suspects could not be located, according to the report.