UPDATE: Jacob Blake was armed with a knife, WI Attorney General Josh Kaul (a Democrat) says. (More here.)
From Tiffany Kenney, Central Business Improvement District director:
As you are all aware there was additional damage, vandalism and looting last night [08-25/26-2020]. More than 50 businesses on the Capitol Square and dozens along University Avenue were damaged.
We have received notice that there may be additional protests this evening. As always we hope that these protests remain peaceful, however we encourage you to take the appropriate steps to protect your business and/or property.
The City of Madison Fire Department and Mall Maintenance team have reached out and asked you to secure your trash and DO NOT put garbage out tonight. Because Thursday is your normal garbage day, the city will run several pick ups so please do NOT put things out tonight. Wait until tomorrow morning to put garbage out.
If you have not already boarded up your property you may want to consider doing do. We ask you to bring in all patio seating, furnishing and fences inside or make other arrangements to secure equipment this evening. Finally and MOST IMPORTANTLY be calm and be safe.
We are not sure what to anticipate but we do expect crowds to gather.
Urban Triage has this reaction:
#ThisAmeriKKKa where some white folks are showing up TO PROTESTS violent as hell
The media & ELECTED Officals [sic] show up and blame Black youth & Black protestors. The media & elected officals SUPPORT jump out squads arresting BLACK protestors…They avoid ALL conversation of WHO and what is causing the destruction of propertyMeanwhile, white militria [sic]are free to burn shit down without being addressed and they’re even allowed to shoot CIVILANS [sic] dead in the street with LITTLE COVERAGE WITH police support.
This is AmeriKKKA