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Wauwatosa police arrest protester in chaotic scene, fire smoke at marchers

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel logo Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 10/14/2020 Sophie Carson and Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A protester on a bike was arrested by Wauwatosa Police after a physical struggle during a protest Tuesday night. 

Police also fired a round of smoke at the group of protesters during a chaotic scene that played out in a residential neighborhood. 

A press release from the Wauwatosa Police Department said the protest was neither "lawful or peaceful."

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According to a Facebook livestream taken by a protest participant and a video taken by a photographer that marches with the group, the bicyclist was arrested on a sidewalk near North 65th Street and West Meinecke Avenue by several officers. The reason was not immediately clear.

a sign on the side of a building: The Wauwatosa Police Department has been fenced off to prevent as a precaution on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 -  The District Attorney's office ruled that Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah would not be charged in the death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole. © Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The Wauwatosa Police Department has been fenced off to prevent as a precaution on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 - The District Attorney's office ruled that Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah would not be charged in the death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole.

Police were blocking neighborhood streets and redirecting a caravan of cars and a handful of marchers prior to the arrest. An officer was announcing that the gathering constituted an unlawful assembly.

Cars were turning from Meinecke onto 65th when the bicyclist, holding what appears to be an air horn, approached the gathered group of officers from several feet away, according to the video. (Warning: the hyperlinked video contains strong language.)

An officer ran at him and several others followed, tackling him off his bicycle to the ground. A physical struggle ensued between the man and the officers as they tried to handcuff him.

An officer told the photographer, yelling at police as they arrested the bicyclist, to back up. Then another officer apparently hit his camera and pointed a smoke canister at him. Several people were screaming in the background.

Police then fired a round of smoke at others in the protest group congregated in the street near the officers.

The protest group moved out of the city shortly thereafter, returning to Milwaukee.

Tuesday was the second night in Wauwatosa without a curfew following the Milwaukee County District Attorney's decision last week not to charge Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah in the Feb. 2 shooting death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole.

Police fired tear gas on at least three occasions during the protests and arrested several people for curfew violations, including the mother and sisters of Cole. Several businesses along North Avenue were vandalized during the first night of protests. 

Wisconsin National Guard members, called to Wauwatosa for the protests, did not participate in any arrests and did not fire any tear gas, according to a spokesman.

The protest Tuesday included members of the Peoples Revolution, who have protested in and around Milwaukee since early June calling for Mensah's firing. 

RELATED: Wauwatosa's curfew has ended, but a decision on Mensah's employment could take weeks

Contact Sophie Carson at (414) 223-5512 or scarson@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SCarson_News.

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