As chaos erupted at the Wisconsin State Capitol Tuesday night, protesters beat and robbed a black man, while a biracial woman was burned with lighter fluid by men she described to authorities as targets. .
Madison police said these were just some of the “many overnight acts of violence” under investigation after the one-day protests took a violent turn Tuesday night.
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A 28-year-old man was assaulted around 10:30 p.m. M. After he accidentally turned his car in the way of protesters while driving to pick up his girlfriend from a hospital, police said in a press release.
Emily Hamer, a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal, captured a video of the moment the man was attacked. The man, identified only as Mike, told the newspaper that the incident frustrated him because he is black and supports the movement.
“In no way am I against Black Lives Matter,” he said. “I am definitely against being hit and robbed and having my car destroyed.”
He said the attack developed after a protester threw a bicycle into his car, causing damage, according to police. He got out of his car and was surrounded by a group of about 50 protesters.
Mike told the newspaper that the protesters thought he intentionally hit the bicycle. He also said that he had his fists raised as he approached the protesters, which he called “a super bad idea.”
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Several protesters beat and kicked him, police said. His wallet was stolen while he was curled up in a fetal position on the street. The protesters also broke the windows of their car and stole their cell phone.
He was treated in a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
As the chaos continued overnight, an 18-year-old biracial woman was burned with a lighter fluid in what police said is being investigated as a hate crime.
The woman was stopped at a red light around 1 a.m. with her car window down when she said she heard a racial epithet and saw a group of four men, all white, nearby, police said in a statement. press separately.
She said a man in the group sprayed a liquid on her face and neck, then threw a burning lighter at her, setting her on fire, according to police. She put out the flames as she walked away.
She was treated for burns at a hospital, where staff determined that the liquid was likely a lighter fluid. The woman will have to return to the hospital for continued medical attention, police said.
Senator Tim Carpenter, a Democrat from Milwaukee, was also assaulted, an attack captured on video. Carpenter said he was “beaten” by eight or ten protesters while filming them on the way to the Capitol.
The protesters also overthrew two statues, one of which was by abolitionist Colonel Hans Christian Heg, who fought and died during the Civil War on the Union side. They also destroyed buildings, causing “significant damage to state property,” said Governor Tony Evers.
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State and municipal leaders have condemned the violence and have said that those who commit criminal acts will be held accountable. Evers activated the National Guard on Wednesday.