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MPD: four arrests made in overnight protests

Businesses were damaged for the second night in a row
The doors on the CCB building downtown were smashed
The doors on the CCB building downtown were smashed(Brittney Ermon)
Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 3:49 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2020 at 8:26 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Four more people were arrested overnight as demonstrations downtown that were peaceful well into the night turned violent early Wednesday morning, the Madison Police Dept. said.

MPD said a group gathered at the Capitol square and marched through the downtown area. Members of that group were blamed for destroying property and damaging businesses. In a summary of events posted on its website, the department noted that during the day and into the early evening, two separate groups came together in the same area and marched peacefully.

On Wednesday morning, NBC15 crews found plenty of broken glass and shattered windows.

According to MPD, the perpetrators had been spray painting the area, breaking windows, and setting multiple dumpsters on fire.

The latest round of violence followed a similar situation the previous night. In that case, six people were arrested throughout the night. During a Tuesday news conference, Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis described the what happened near Capitol Square overnight as the most destruction he’s ever seen in terms of damage downtown.

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