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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Statement of United States Attorney Krueger Regarding Protests in Milwaukee

The Justice Department and the FBI are making the investigation of George Floyd’s tragic death a top priority. .

As the Major Cities Chiefs Association said, George Floyd’s death is “deeply disturbing and should be of concern to all Americans.”

Yesterday, the vast majority of protestors in Milwaukee expressed their concerns peaceably.  But late last night, some protestors set fires in several stores, causing damage to innocent owners.  In addition, a Milwaukee Police Department officer suffered a minor gunshot injury from a currently unknown source.  Such violence and property damage accomplish nothing and instead only create more victims. 

Although we respect the rights of all to express their concerns peaceably, federal law enforcement is joined with state and local authorities to address further violence.  Federal law imposes stiff penalties for commercial arson and other crimes.  I encourage everyone to act in peace so that our nation can promote healing rather than suffer new wounds. 


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Updated September 29, 2021