MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department says the Republican debate in the city's downtown area "occurred without incident."
The police department said in a statement Thursday that officers made a total of one arrest Wednesday night in the Deer District. The GOP debate was held inside Fiserv Forum. Officers arrested the person for disorderly conduct.
The department noted protests happened during the debate and that they were peaceful. According to their statement, "A number of protests occurred during the event and we are grateful for all those who organized and participated in these protests and ensured they occurred peacefully, without causing harm to our City or others. MPD respects the rights of anyone who wishes to express their opinion. We serve all residents and visitors of Milwaukee."
Read their full statement below:
Milwaukee Police Department Post-RNC Debate Brief
MILWAUKEE, WI – On August 23, 2023, the RNC Debate occurred at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) does not have a political affiliation, but as with any major event, was tasked with ensuring community safety for the residents and visitors of our City.
MPD is pleased to report that the event occurred without incident. MPD made a total of one (1) arrest for disorderly conduct. MPD publicly expresses our gratitude for the men and women of our Department, both civilian and sworn, who planned and worked to ensure community safety in our City.
MPD extends our gratitude to our public safety partners including the Milwaukee Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Violence Prevention, federal law enforcement, and other agencies who worked with us to keep Milwaukee safe.
In addition, MPD publicly expresses our gratitude for the community that we serve. A number of protests occurred during the event and we are grateful for all those who organized and participated in these protests and ensured they occurred peacefully, without causing harm to our City or others. MPD respects the rights of anyone who wishes to express their opinion. We serve all residents and visitors of Milwaukee.
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