Governor Tony Evers says George Floyd’s life matters and he should be alive today. In a statement today the governor said Floyd’s death and the lives of those taken before him are symptomatic of the disease that we have failed to adequately treat for four centuries. Evers says racism has never gone away and is calling on the legislature to pass a bill to reform the use-of-force policies by prioritizing preserving life and minimizing the use of force.
Over 100 National Guardsmen were on the streets in Green Bay in support of local police. The guard was on-site to protect buildings like City Hall, the courthouse and the police department in the overnight hours while a curfew was in effect. This allowed city police to be out patrolling the streets. The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in effect again tonight.
Meanwhile, cleanup continues around the state Capitol building after damage caused by protesters. The “Forward” statue at the Capitol was spray painted with graffiti as demonstrations in Madison protesting police abuse of power entered the third night.
Downtown businesses suffered damage and demonstrations are planned again today including one at the Dane County Jail.