Wauwatosa Protest Update: Two Consecutive Nights Without Injuries or Property Damage

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According to the Oct 12 Wauwatosa Police press release, there has now been two consecutive nights
of protesting that did not result in injuries or property Damage. The numbers of arrests are declining,
from a high of 24 arrests on Oct 8 to four arrests on Oct 11. The curfew expired at 6am this morning.

Read the press release here:

At approximately 5:51 pm on October 11, a group of about 50 people gathered at the 69th Street
Plaza at N. 69
th Street and W. North Avenue. At 7:00 pm, the curfew went into effect. At 7:03 pm,
Wauwatosa Police Officers warned the group that they were in violation of the curfew and asked
them to disperse. From 7:05 pm to 7:20 pm, the officers gave additional announcements, ordering
the group to disperse.

At approximately 7:30 pm, Wauwatosa Police Officers, with mutual aid officers, took two people
into custody on W. North Avenue for curfew violations. The remainder of the crowd dispersed. A
person who livestreamed from the 69
th Street Plaza gathering after curfew, then continued to
livestream as they drove to Mayfair Mall and back to the area of the plaza, was pulled over at N.
69
th Street and W. North Avenue and arrested for curfew violation. This person was not a member
of the press. At approximately 8:00 pm, Wauwatosa Police made an additional arrest for curfew
violation on W. North Avenue. There were four total arrests made on October 11, all of which were
municipal violations of the emergency curfew declaration.

Each day during the emergency declaration, we evaluated the activities of the previous evening, and
adjusted our law enforcement response accordingly. On the first night, October 7, a large law
enforcement presence, with support from Wisconsin National Guard, maintained order and safety,
given the credible threats to numerous targets in Wauwatosa. On October 7, there were a number of
smashed windows to homes and businesses. Law enforcement took a more pro-active approach to
enforcing the curfew order the following evening. On the night of October 8, police made twentyfour

total arrests. As groups showed resistance each night, law enforcement continued to protect the community
by dispersing any large crowds.

On October 10, the vast majority of demonstrators complied with the emergency curfew and only
eight were arrested. On the evening of October 11, given the cooperation from many demonstrators
the previous night, and smaller crowds, law enforcement reduced their response and utilized patrol
officers to disperse the crowd that was violating curfew. This resulted in growing voluntary
dispersal, and only four arrests.

We appreciate those who made lawful choices these past several days by staying out of public
spaces during the hours of the emergency curfew, which has now expired

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