By Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Friday he’s tired of people using the George Floyd protest to cause destruction and emphasized that violence against his officers must stop.

Morales 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.

“Yet when something happens in another state, it’s very, very easy to jump on the bandwagon and say Milwaukee can do better,” Morales said during a news conference announcing federal charges of attempted arson and possession of a destructive device against a 26-year-old Milwaukee man. “Shame on them. That’s an easy narrative.”

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.

Meanwhile,m a Black Lives Matter protest planned in Stevens Point has been canceled due a rise in COVID-19 cases in the city and threats of violence, organizers said Saturday.

A silent protest had been scheduled Sunday afternoon in the city’s downtown. Instead, organizers are planning a virtual protest, the Stevens Point Journal reported.

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