People asked to avoid State Street as protests turn violent in Madison


MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Police Department is asking people to avoid the area of State Street.

A group of protesters broke into several stores on State Street, including Goodman’s Jewelry Store and Urban Outfitters around 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

The group separated from thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis this week. The initial protest began peacefully at the Wisconsin State Capitol at noon and ended about an hour before the violence started.


Madison Police have responded to the scene and used tear gas to disperse protesters.

They posted on Twitter several times Saturday night asking people to avoid the State Street area.