Riots broke out in Madison, Wisconsin this week after a Black Lives Matter protestor was arrested for threatening behavior, including walking around a cafe with a baseball ball while yelling at the customers and employees through a megaphone.
The Democrat Mayor of the city responded to the riots in a statement condemning the rioters because they “attacked a State Senator who championed workers’ rights in 2011, tore down a statue of an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War, and attempted to set fire to a building with dozens of people inside.”
“[W]hat happened last night in Madison was far from peaceful and exceeding dangerous,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in the statement. “People attacked a State Senator who championed workers’ rights in 2011, tore down a statue of an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War, and attempted to set fire to a building with dozens of people inside.”
“We need to separate First Amendment protests from those engaged in criminal conduct,” the mayor said. “People engaged in violence and criminal conduct against people or property on the streets of Madison will be held accountable.”
“Over the past weeks, we have heard chants of ‘who keeps us safe? We keep us safe!’ It’s time for that ‘us’ and that ‘we’ to include everyone in Madison,” she said. “Because every single person who lives here deserves to be and feel safe in our City. And it is up to every single one of us to make that true. Everyone — police, protester, elected official, business owner, resident — everyone must find it within themselves to show compassion and kindness for each other, and to care about each other’s safety and well-being. ”