Mayor Rhodes-Conway asks for end of violence, urges people to stay home

Law enforcement officers on State Street as looting continues

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway issued a statement Tuesday asking people to stay home after three consecutive nights of violence and looting in downtown Madison.

Rhodes-Conway said in a blog post that she understands the anger that has spurred the protests, but the violence and looting is unacceptable.

“It is time for this to end. Please stay home tonight. I welcome protests – particularly in the daytime – but I do not want legitimate protests to continue to provide cover for this violent, unacceptable behavior,” Rhodes-Conway said. “I understand anger, but there is no excuse for putting lives in danger, and that is what is happening. Again – please stay home tonight, and tomorrow night.”

Rhodes-Conway’s call for peace comes just hours after peaceful protesters organized a protest that slowed traffic on the Beltline.

Read the mayor’s full letter here.