Protesters march downtown, demand change following overnight hit-and-run

Protest June 21

MADISON, Wis. — Protesters marched throughout downtown Madison on Sunday night after an early morning hit-and-run.

Early Sunday morning, a person was injured when a pick-up truck drove into a crowd near North Frances St and University Ave. The activist group Urban Triage said a White supremacist intentionally hit a Black woman. 

In a Facebook post, the group also claimed responding Madison police officers waited 30 minutes before getting the woman the proper medical attention, and pepper sprayed her along with her family and friends.

Madison Police say they are working promising leads in the case in hopes of finding the driver. They say there is nothing to suggest the driver had any association with Wando’s Bar and Grill.

M.P.D. says the first officers arrived on scene one minute after the first 911 call.

A Madison Police Spokesperson says officers tried to rend aid but were immediately surrounded by a “highly agitated and aggressive group.” M.P.D. says it did use pepper spray to create space for M.F.D. paramedics to enter the scene and treat the victim. M.P.D. says the first ambulance arrived on scene 8 minutes after the first 911 call.

Protesters are calling for justice for the woman and want city leaders to call the incident a hate crime.

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Posted by News 3 Now / Channel 3000 on Sunday, June 21, 2020

In response to the hit-and-run, Wando’s, the bar near the incident, released a statement on Facebook.

Wando’s is very saddened to hear about the tragic event which occurred on Frances Street and University Avenue last…

Posted by Wando's on Sunday, June 21, 2020

In the statement, Wando’s said it has been informed that the suspect who police have identified is not a Wando’s employee, and said the bar is cooperating with police in their investigation.

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