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Milwaukee police chief: Violence against officers must stop

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says he’s tired of people using the George Floyd protest to cause destruction and emphasized that violence against his officers must stop. Morales on Friday repeated comments he’s made in recent days that his department is not getting enough credit for successful implementation of community policing, following an ACLU lawsuit that resulted in a collaborative plan to improve the department. Morales said law enforcement is being crucified because of the actions of angry mobs. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Friday he did not support police officers’ use of rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters.


No ‘silver lining’: Trump faces voter backlash amid crises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There are new signs among battleground state voters that President Trump’s unsteady leadership over the course of dual national crises has alienated supporters and energized adversaries. The Republican president has time to recover, but there is a growing consensus among the political class in both parties that, at least for now, Trump is losing. Just 21% of voters believe the United States is on the right track, according to a Monmouth University poll released this week. That marks a seven-year low. But Trump’s defeat is far from certain. He has repeatedly demonstrated the rules that have long governed presidential politics rarely apply to him. 


Officials: Positive trend seen in Wisconsin COVID-19 testing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials reported 322 new cases of the coronavirus, a number that continued a downward trend of positive tests by percentage of total tests within a 14-day period. The update included 12 new deaths, increasing the total number to 645. The cumulative number of positive cases stands at nearly 20,600. The number of recovered cases has increased from 66% to 67%. Health officials say they have met four of six established criteria meant to help determine when they can “safely open Wisconsin.” Nearly 300 people in Milwaukee County have died after contracting the coronavirus, according to data from that county. 


Milwaukee man accused of trying to burn mobile phone store

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old Milwaukee man with trying to set a mobile phone store on fire with a Molotov cocktail during unrest in Milwaukee following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Tyshaun Smith faces federal counts of attempted arson and possession of a destructive device. According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a Boost Mobile late Sunday. When officers arrived, they saw three men standing outside a broken window. The Journal Sentinel reports authorities allege Smith was holding what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail _already burning _ and threw it inside the store before the three men fled. Smith later told investigators he noticed on Facebook that rioting was going on, that he became enraged and felt he had to do something.


Judge sentences father to 22 years in prison in son’s death

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A New Richmond man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of his son. A jury found Kayle Fleischauer guilty of second-degree reckless homicide while armed in March. Prosecutors accused him of beating his 19-year-old son, Chase Fleischaue,r and then shooting him in April 2018. St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham sentenced Kayle Fleischauer on Friday to 22 years in prison and 15 years on extended supervision.  


Percentage of positive COVID-19 cases continues to drop

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to decline. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Friday that 3% of all test results were positive. That continues a downward trend over the past two weeks. In total, more than 20,200  people have contracted the virus in Wisconsin and there have been 633 deaths. Also on Friday, Dane County and Madison loosened a public health order to let churches fill 25% of their capacity. The change came after the Madison Catholic Diocese challenged the original reopening plan, which limited churches to no more than 50 parishioners, as unconstitutional. 


Father arrested in deaths of children, ages 3 and 5

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — The father of two young children found dead in Kaukauna in February has been arrested in their deaths. Police say Matthew Beyer, of Manitowoc, is in custody on possible charges of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. WLUK-TV reports 5-year-old William and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer were found dead Feb. 17 in a Kaukauna duplex. Police Chief Jamie Graff said earlier the children had “intentionally inflicted injuries,” but was not specific. Police have forwarded the case to the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office. It was not clear whether Beyer has hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf. 


Protests continue in Wisconsin, no major conflicts

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marchers and a caravan of cars moved slowly into a western Milwaukee suburb Thursday night, but stopped short of a major mall where police were waiting. Several hundred people turned back from Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa and headed back into Milwaukee. Few police were present along the route. The Journal Sentinel reports it was the eight straight day of marches led by community activists Frank Nitty and Khalil Coleman. Another group of people protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and police brutality against blacks marched through the east side of Milwaukee to downtown and back Thursday evening. Several hundred people took over street intersections, but remained peaceful.

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