A citizens board created last year to oversee Madison police is set to select the city’s first independent police monitor from two finalists — one who does civil rights work with the city and one from Washington, D.C., who works in corrections and teaches criminal justice.
The city’s Human Resources Department on Tuesday identified Byron Bishop, city Department of Civil Rights Equal Opportunities Division manager, and Tiffany Simmons, a lecturer at American University and assistant and chief of staff at the D.C. Department of Corrections, as the two people chosen from the 30 who applied.
The monitor position and accompanying board were
created in September 2020 after years of pressure from police-reform activists who pointed to a series of high-profile police use-of-force incidents as reasons why the department needed another layer of oversight.
The 11-member board is responsible for making the final hiring decision and is set to view the finalists’ oral interviews during a closed session Thursday. It wasn’t clear Tuesday when the board would make its choice.
Bishop has been with the city’s Civil Rights Department since May 2016, according to his LinkedIn page. The department is responsible for enforcing the city’s ordinance against discrimination in housing, employment and other areas.
He is also executive director for The Well Ministries, according to the HR Department, and is pursuing a master’s degree from Upper Iowa University. Bishop said he was not available for an interview Tuesday but provided a written statement in which he said “in reviewing some of Madison’s past discrimination complaints dating back to 2006, I find it reprehensible that in 2021 our communities of color and many others are still treated differently on account of race, ethnicity, gender/sex, sexual orientation and national origin/ancestry.
“This plays out every day in their interactions even with our criminal justice system,” he continued. “As government leaders, we need to support our good local law enforcement teams but push for true police accountability and denounce police brutality and harassment.”
Simmons, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment left at her workplaces, has a law degree and teaches in the School of Public Affairs at American University.
The City Council voted to create the board and the independent monitor position nearly three years after they were included among 146 recommendations in an exhaustive consultant’s report on the Madison Police Department that deemed the department “far from ‘a Department in crisis’” whose use of force was “limited in volume and primarily minor in nature.”
But activists pointed to a string of seven fatal police shootings between 2012 and 2016 and a handful of controversial, caught-on-video police use-of-force incidents as reasons why Madison police needed more oversight.
The officers involved in the incidents were cleared of any wrongdoing, but the city or its insurer paid a total of $5.65 million in settlements in two of the killings, and a jury in 2017 determined officers had violated the civil rights of one of the victims, 26-year-old Ashley DiPiazza, and awarded the family $7 million.
The monitor and board can subpoena the Police Department, make recommendations for policy changes and conduct community outreach, among other powers and duties.
The monitor will be able to conduct investigations of police but neither the monitor nor the board will have the ability to hire, fire or discipline officers — powers that under state law remain with the city’s Police and Fire Commission. Nor would they be entitled to participate in the official investigations of officer-involved deaths — which under state law must be conducted by outside law enforcement agencies.
The board began meeting in November and the city began advertising for the monitor position on July 1. Due to a shortage of applicants, the initial application deadline of Aug. 1 was extended to Aug. 16. Ten of the 30 applicants were brought in for oral interviews.
The position is expected to pay about $125,000 a year.
Editor's note: This story was updated on Jan. 14, 2022, to clarify that it was the city of Madison or its insurer that paid two settlements worth a total of $5.65 million in two police killings.
Keeping track: Over 50 people facing felony charges in vandalism, looting, violence during protests
Charged with looting stores, taking part in beating
Martin J. Engelhart, 21, Madison, was charged July 16 with
looting two shoe stores at East Towne Mall and taking part in beating a man who had tried to stop the looting of a State Street shop earlier the same night.
A criminal complaint charges Engelhart with substantial battery as party to a crime, two counts of burglary as party to a crime and one count of attempted burglary as party to a crime, all felonies, for events he is accused of taking part in May 30, the first night of protests that began Downtown. He was also charged with criminal damage to property a party to a crime and bail jumping, both misdemeanors.
On Aug. 5, he was charged in a separate complaint with another count of felony burglary as party to a crime.
Charged with damaging, looting businesses
Noa Q.P. Reick, 21, Middleton, was charged this month with looting and damaging Downtown businesses during the first night of the protests on May 30, 2020.
Reick was initially arrested July 7, 2020, on a suspected probation violation after being
identified through surveillance photos as someone who participated in the looting, Madison police said.
He was charged Aug. 5, 2020, with burglary as party to a crime. On Aug. 7, 2020, Reick was charged with two more counts of felony burglary as party to a crime and two counts of criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. He was charged Sept. 28, 2020, with another burglary alleged to have happened on May 30, 2020.
On Oct. 25, 2021, Reick pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and two counts of criminal damage and was placed in a deferred prosecution program. If he completes the program successfully, the charges would be dismissed.
Charged with looting Downtown
Matthew J. Wagner, 35, Madison, was charged Aug. 5 with taking part in the looting of businesses Downtown during the first night of protests on May 30.
He faces one count of felony burglary as party to a crime.
Charged with looting liquor store
Pisces T. Watson, 21, Madison, was charged Aug. 7 with taking part in looting at Rocky’s Liquor, 4429 Milwaukee St., on May 30. She’s charged with felony burglary and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor, both as party to a crime. She is also charged with burglary for the alleged burglary of a State Street convenience store on May 30. A police photo of Watson is not yet available.
On June 10, 2021, Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, and under a plea agreement was placed in a deferred prosecution program that referred her to the Community Restorative Court.
Charged with hit-and-run
The white driver of a truck that allegedly hit a Black woman in Downtown Madison in June was charged July 29
with felony hit-and-run involving injury in what some Black activists have called a hate crime.
The charge against Brendan J. O’Neil, 26, of Sun Prairie does not include a hate-crime enhancer.
According to a criminal complaint: O’Neil says he struck 24-year-old Alize Carter after driving through a crowd on Frances Street near University Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. June 21, and then fled the scene. Carter suffered multiple abrasions and told police her hand was fractured. O’Neil did not contact police about the incident until about eight hours after it happened. His attorney says O'Neil was
only trying to flee a dangerous mob when he ran into Carter.
Charged with battery in attack on state Sen. Tim Carpenter
Two Madison women have been
charged in connection with an attack on state Sen. Tim Carpenter in June during a Downtown protest.
Samantha R. Hamer, 26, left, and Kerida E. O'Reilly, 33, were charged July 29 with felony substantial battery as party to a crime for allegedly taking part in the attack on Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, early June 24. Carpenter told police he was trying to take pictures of the protest when he was attacked after being pointed out by protesters, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint indicates there were likely others involved in the attack who have not yet been identified, in particular one or two men who may have struck Carpenter initially as part of a larger group.
Hamer pleaded no contest to a non-criminal disorderly conduct ordinance violation on Sept. 28, 2021. O'Reilly went to trial and was acquitted on Oct. 19, 2021.
Charged with looting Downtown sporting-goods store
Luke A. Tschosik, 27, of Madison was charged July 29 with felony burglary for
allegedly taking part in looting a Downtown sporting goods store during protests that happened in early June.
According to court records: Tschosik was seen walking away from Fontana, 216 N. Henry St., on June 2 carrying an armful of clothing, while a man with him had several bright-colored Frisbees for disc golf. Told by police to stop, they dropped the goods. The man with Tschosik ran away, but Tschosik, who appeared to be intoxicated, stayed. More than 100 people took part in looting Fontana, court records say.
Two charged in looting Downtown sporting-goods store
Two Madison men were charged July 28 in connection with the looting of a Downtown sporting-goods store during protests that happened in early June.
Faizon J. Thomas, left, and Darion T. Lanagan, both 22, were
charged with felony burglary as party to a crime after police said they took part in looting June 1, 2020, at Fontana Sports, 216 N. Henry St., just off State Street. According to a criminal complaint: More than 100 people took part in looting Fontana, but a more coordinated effort to steal merchandise happened after the initial wave. Lanagan and Thomas, pictured here, were seen on surveillance cameras loading up vehicles with merchandise.
On May 12, Lanagan pleaded guilty to burglary and was placed in a deferred prosecution program. If he completes the program, the burglary charge will be dismissed. He would be sentenced on the burglary only if he fails to complete the program.
On July 28, 2021, Thomas also pleaded guilty to burglary and was placed in a deferred prosecution program.
Charged with looting State Street store
Brandon M. Encarnacion, 18, Madison, was charged July 16, 2020, with felony burglary in connection with the looting of an unnamed State Street store on May 30, 2020.
According to the complaint, Encarnacion later went back to the store to retrieve his phone, which he said he was using inside the store to shoot video of others looting.
A second criminal complaint, filed on Sept. 14, 2021, charged Encarnacion with burglary for taking part in looting at another State Street store on May 30, 2020. He was charged on Sept. 29, 2021, with felony criminal damage at another store, and another complaint, filed on Oct. 7, 2021, charged Encarnacion with another burglary the same night.
Charged with recklessly endangering safety
Conner Fleck, 25, Pardeeville, was charged July 2 with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony, for
allegedly swerving toward a Madison police squad car during the arrest of a different person. He was also charged in September with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, for a June 23 incident with a motorist who happened upon protesters.
Charged with attempted arson at City-County Building
Marquon Clark, 26, Madison, was
arrested June 30 as a "person of interest" in an arson at the City-County Building early in the morning of June 24, during protests that turned violent. Federal prosecutors later charged him with attempted arson. In late January, he agreed to plead guilty to the attempted arson charge. Clark entered his guilty plea on June 2 and was sentenced to seven years in prison, to be served at the same time as a five-year, eight-month sentence he's now serving after his supervision for a host of earlier, unrelated state court convictions was revoked. Effectively, Clark will serve about two more years above the time he is serving in the state cases.
The federal complaint alleged Clark threw a burning roll of paper towel into a broken window of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., around 1 a.m., resulting in a small fire. The protests that night also resulted in two statues torn down outside the Capitol and the assault of a state senator. Clark is also charged with criminal damage to property
for allegedly helping pull down the statutes.
Since arresting Clark, federal authorities have released
surveillance photos of five more people they think were involved or may know who was involved. There have been no other charges filed in the case yet.
Charged in alleged extortion of Downtown businesses
Devonere A. Johnson, 28, Madison, was charged June 26 with extortion in U.S. District Court in Madison for allegedly
demanding money and free food and drinks in exchange for sparing Downtown businesses from vandalism.
Johnson, also known as Yeshua Musa, was arrested June 23 after a struggle with Madison police outside The Coopers Tavern on Capitol Square after bringing a baseball bat and a megaphone into the restaurant and yelling at customers. His arrest triggered a violent and destructive night of civil unrest during which protesters tore down two statues at the state Capitol, assaulted a state senator and set a small fire in the City-County Building.
In addition to the federal charges, Johnson
faced additional charges in Dane County Circuit Court for similar allegations. He was charged July 3 with two felony counts of threatening to injure or accuse someone of a crime and one count of felony escape. He faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.
He pleaded guilty on Nov. 4 to one of the federal charges under
a deal that would seek a time-served sentence. On Jan. 23, a federal judge agreed to the sentence, under which he is also serving two years of federal supervision. He also pleaded guilty to some misdemeanor charges in Dane County Circuit Court on Dec. 7 and received time-served sentences.
Two other men, Gregg James Jr. and William Shanley, were also charged in connection with the incidents.
Charged in alleged extortion of Downtown businesses
William T. Shanley, 25, Madison, was charged June 29, 2020,
with threatening to injure or accuse a person of a crime as party to a crime, a felony, in connection with allegations of extortion against Downtown businesses, Madison police said.
According to court records: Shanley and two other men -- Devonere Johnson and Gregg James Jr. --
threatened to damage Downtown Madison businesses or harm their employees if they didn’t give the men food, beer and money.
On July 20, 2021, Shanley pleaded guilty to making threats, but no conviction was entered and he was not sentenced. Instead, he was placed in a deferred prosecution program. If he completes the program, the charge would be dismissed.
Charged with looting at State Street jewelry store
Kelsey D. Nelson, 30, Madison, was charged June 26 with looting a store Downtown and helping to tear down a statue near the Capitol.
He is accused of stealing from Goodman's Jewelers, 220 State St., one of the first stores to be looted during the protests. He was also charged with
using his vehicle to help pull down the statue of Col. Hans Christian Heg, but a judge dismissed that charge. The charge was re-filed on Jan. 11. Nelson is also charged with felony burglary as party to a crime.
Charged with stalking and threatening sheriff
Longtime protester Jeremy J. Ryan, 31, was charged June 26 with making terrorist threats and stalking, both felonies, against Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.
Known as "Segway Jeremy," because he often uses a Segway on Capitol Square, Ryan allegedly
threatened to release personal information about Mahoney and his family and called on protesters to harass Mahoney's family home. In addition to the felony counts, he is also charged with misdemeanor counts of computer message threats and telephone harassment. On July 8, he was charged with bail jumping, a felony.
Charged with possessing burglary tools, bail jumping
Daniel D. Baccas, 19, Sun Prairie, was charged June 18 with possessing burglary tools as party to a crime, a felony, in connection with an incident in the overnight hours of May 31 to June 1.
According to the criminal complaint: Police answering a burglary alarm at a rental car business said they saw fresh pry marks on the door and on a key safe box. Baccas allegedly had a crowbar with him when encountering police. He was also charged with felony bail jumping because he was out on bond in a previous armed robbery case.
Charged with having a gun illegally
Kyle C. Olson, 28, of Janesville was arrested May 31, 2020, after police said they saw him tucking a loaded handgun into the back of his pants in the 200 block of West Gilman Street.
He reportedly told officers he was on his way to the State Street protests and bringing his .45-caliber weapon for protection. Olson, a convicted felon, was
arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation, police said. Also known as Kyle Quade, Olson was charged in federal court June 17 in connection with the incident.
Olson pleaded guilty to the gun possession charge on Dec. 1 and was to be sentenced on April 30. His eventual sentencing, on June 4, followed proceedings to determine whether Olson's arrest was legal. A judge ruled it was, and sentenced Olson to 27 months in prison.
Charged with looting Target store
Casimer Tipton, 40, and Lavette L. Brown, 31, both of Madison, were charged June 16 in connection with the looting of a Target store in Sun Prairie on May 31.
Both were charged with felony burglary as party to a crime. Tipton was also charged with trying to flee police. Tipton pleaded guilty on March 9 to burglary and eluding police and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Charges against Brown were dismissed by prosecutors in April, who said Brown has been forthcoming and the evidence against her was slim.
Charged with breaking windows, threatening officer
Sydney R. Foster, 22, Madison, was charged June 5 with damaging buildings Downtown the night of May 31 and threatening a police officer.
He is charged with with two counts of criminal damage to property, one felony and one misdemeanor, for allegedly smashing windows at University Bookstore and the Downtown Post Office on May 31, 2020. Foster also was charged with threatening a law enforcement officer, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
On July 2, 2021, Foster pleaded guilty to felony criminal damage and threatening an officer and was placed on two years of probation.
Charged with looting sporting-goods store
Mackenzee L. Jacobson, 22, Janesville, was charged June 3 with felony burglary for allegedly looting a sporting-goods store Downtown on June 2.
The complaint against Jacobson says he and his brother were in Madison from Janesville to check out the protest. Just before officers were to clear the store of looters, Jacobson allegedly ran out carrying a plastic bag full of clothing from Fontana, 216 N. Henry St. He was immediately arrested.
Charged with looting a State Street convenience store
Avante Gordon, 17, of Sun Prairie, is charged with burglary for the alleged looting of a State Street convenience store on May 30, 2020. He and four others were charged for the incident on Sept. 15.
A criminal complaint states officers recognized Gordon from his appearance on surveillance video. At the time he was free on a signature bond for an unrelated weapons incident, court records indicate.
On June 30, 2021, Gordon pleaded guilty to burglary. Under a plea agreement, Circuit Judge Julie Genovese deferred formal conviction and sentencing and ordered Gordon to be placed in the Community Restorative Justice Court. If he completes the program offered there, the burglary charge would be dismissed.
The agreement was deemed fulfilled on Nov. 3, 2021, and the charge was dismissed.
Charged with burglary from a State Street shop
Wendell Bey, 29, of Fitchburg, is charged along with several others with one count of burglary for taking part in looting a State Street sporting goods store on May 30, 2020.
A criminal complaint states Bey, who was charged Aug. 19, 2020, called Madison police asking why his face was on Crimestoppers. He said while he had been in a store after it was broken into, he didn't take anything, the complaint states, but had left behind items he was initially carrying.
A second criminal complaint was filed on July 2, 2021. It charges Bey with burglary of an eyewear store and misdemeanor criminal damage to property at the same shop, both on May 30, 2020.
Charged with multiple burglaries, criminal damage
Cordell K. Corner, 20, of Madison, was charged in three separate criminal complaints for May 30, 2020, burglaries at a sporting good store, a convenience store and a clothing store, all on State Street.
According to the complaints, police identified Corner from surveillance video and a distinctive tattoos on his hands, along with images from a Facebook account.
On Oct. 26, 2021, Corner pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary related to the looting incidents and was placed on three years of probation for each, as part of a multi-case plea agreement involving those cases and others.
Charged with two State Street burglaries
Shondrell R. Evans, 23, of Madison, is charged with two counts of burglary for looting on May 30 at a sporting goods store and a convenience store, both on State Street. Warrants were issued for his arrest on Aug. 20 and Sept. 16.
Police say they identified Evans from city and store surveillance images, and from past contact with Evans, according to criminal complaints.
Charged with looting at convenience store
Ashanti M. Freeman, 18, of Fitchburg, is charged with one count of burglary and one count of felony bail jumping for her alleged role in the looting of a State Street convenience store on May 30.
According to a criminal complaint, Freeman was recognized on surveillance video by an officer from past contacts, and from video posted on Facebook by a Madison television station. At the time she had several open felony cases in Dane County.
Charged with taking part in looting at three stores
Anthony M. Torres, 20, of Fitchburg, was charged with six counts of burglary for allegedly taking part in looting at three State Street businesses, including a sporting goods store, a clothing store and another retailer on May 30, 2020.
A criminal complaint states Torres was identified using surveillance video, along with video taken by a person who identified Torres by name to police as someone who went to the same high school.
Torres was also charged on Oct. 29, 2020, with helping damage a Madison police squad car, and he was charged on Dec. 8 with burglary and felony criminal damage to property for looting at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's museum store on May 30.
On Nov. 23, 2021, Torres pleaded guilty to eight felonies and was placed in the district attorney's deferred prosecution program. Five of the eight charges would be dismissed if he completes the program, and three would be reduced to misdemeanors, and he would face sentencing on those.
Charged with burglarizing a State Street shop
Jerry L. Ward Jr., 17, of Madison, was charged in August with burglary for his alleged role in looting a State Street sporting goods store on May 30. Not related to the Downtown unrest, Ward is also
charged with being a party to first-degree intentional homicide for the Aug. 11 shooting death of 11-year-old Anisa Scott.
According to a criminal complaint, a Madison police officer said she recognized Ward and some others seen on surveillance video from her time as school resource officer at East High School.
Charged with State Street burglary
Spencer T. Wood, 18, of Madison, is charged with one count of burglary for his alleged role in the looting of a State Street sporting good store on May 30.
According to a criminal complaint, Wood was among the men identified from surveillance stills by a Madison police officer who was the school resource officer at East High School.
On Sept. 9, 2021, Wood pleaded guilty to burglary and was placed in a deferred prosecution program. The charge would be dismissed if he completes the program.
Charged with smashing law enforcement memorial, damage at Capitol
Jordan A. King, 25, of Madison, faces two counts of felony criminal damage to property after police said he
smashed windows and lights at the state Capitol building and struck the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial with a sledgehammer, both on Aug. 25.
King, a leader in the local Black Lives Matter movement, was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, for having a loaded handgun on him when he was arrested, according to court records.
Charged with State Street burglaries at two stores
Javonte Woods, 30, of Madison, is charged with two counts of burglary for his alleged role in May 30 looting at a sporting goods shop and another retail shop, both on State Street.
According to criminal complaints, Woods was identified by police who recognized him from still pictures taken from surveillance video. He is known to frequent the Downtown area.
On July 22, 2021, Woods pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.
Charged with burglary for breaking into East Towne shoe store
Jimmel T. Boyd, 26, of Madison, was charged in late September with burglary for his alleged role in looting at Foot Locker at East Towne Mall on May 30.
Boyd was identified through a Facebook Live video posted by his co-defendant, Mercades M. Pleadwell, 27, of Fitchburg, who is also charged with burglary. On the video, according to a criminal complaint, Boyd says, "We just broke inside East Towne Mall!" and adds, "Damn, I just incriminated myself."
No photo of Pleadwell was available yet.
Charged with clothing store burglary
Cody S. Campbell, 31, of Madison, was charged in September with one count of burglary for his alleged role in looting that took place at a State Street clothing store on May 30.
Campbell was also charged in a criminal complaint filed in October with burglary and criminal damage to property for looting that took place the same night at Goodman's Jewelers, 220 State St. The complaint states Campbell was identified by DNA left at the scene. Detectives investigating the Goodman's burglary said their suspect resembled one who burglarized a clothing store the same day. The complaint also states Campbell is a Madison police Special Investigations Unit offender of serious repeat offenders.
In late January, another criminal complaint charged Campbell with criminal damage to property and burglary for looting that happened at another State Street store on May 30.
Another criminal complaint was filed on June 16, 2021, charging Campbell with an early-morning June 1 burglary and criminal damage at BR Diamond Suite on the West Beltline Highway. Investigators linked Campbell to the burglary through DNA from a nitrile glove left at the scene.
Charged with burglary at State Street convenience store
Charvis D. Blue, 27, of Madison, was charged in September with one count of burglary for his alleged role in looting a State Street convenience store on May 30.
A criminal complaint states Blue was identified by police from stills of surveillance video taken in the shop while the burglary was ongoing, and was compared to a previous Dane Count Jail photo of Blue.
Charged with starting trash fires on State Street
Charles R. Garnett, 28, of Juda, faces six counts of arson, felony bail jumping and two misdemeanors after police said he set fire to trash containers on State Street early on Sept. 4, 2020.
Police arrested him the same morning.
According to a criminal complaint, five trash cans were set ablaze along with a poster board. Police saw surveillance video of a suspect, later identified as Garnett, walking on State Street, put his arm into a trash receptacle, which then was ablaze. When stopped by police, Garnett denied starting fires and said he was looking for food in the trash receptacles, the complaint states.
On Nov. 12, 2021, Garnett pleaded guilty to three counts of arson and one count of bail jumping and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Charged with jewelry store burglary
Ebony S. Anderson-Carter, also known as Ebony S. Anderson-McElvain, 29, of Madison, is charged with burglary for allegedly being one of several who entered Goodman's Jewelers, 220 State St., on May 30. A criminal complaint states she admitted she took items from the store, but said she returned them the next day because she wanted to be honest about what happened.
On Aug. 8, 2021, Anderson-Carter pleaded guilty to burglary and was placed in a deferred prosecution program. If she completes the program's requirements the charge would be dismissed.
Charged in jewelry store looting
Jesus A. Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 38, of Madison, faces a burglary charge after police alleged he was one of several people who entered Goodman's Jewelers, 220 State St., on May 30 and took items from the store, which reported nearly $55,000 in lost merchandise. A criminal complaint filed in October states Rodriguez-Gonzalez was identified through surveillance photos and a distinctive Puerto Rico flag tattoo on his neck.
Charged with facing off against police on State Street
Ky Kalscheur, 20, of Madison, was charged in October 2020 with threatening a police officer, a felony, along with misdemeanor charges of negligent handling of burning material and disorderly conduct, for alleged events on May 30.
A criminal complaint states police said Kalscheur threw a flaming tear gas canister back at police as protesters faced off against police on State Street the night of May 30. Kalscheur was identified through city camera images, the complaint states.
The threatening charge was dismissed in November 2020. Kalscheur pleaded guilty on May 18, 2021, to disorderly conduct, a county ordinance violation, and was ordered to pay a $456 fine. The negligent handling charge was dismissed under a plea agreement.
Charged with breaking large window at Capitol Square bank
Justice Muse, 20, was charged in October with felony criminal damage to property after police said surveillance video showed Muse use a sledge hammer to smash a large window on a bank on the Capitol Square during protests early on Aug. 25. A criminal complaint states police identified Muse through past professional contacts and jail records. A warrant for Muse's arrest was issued in mid-October.
Muse was also charged on Dec. 29 with misdemeanor criminal damage to property, suspected of smashing a window at the Capitol and a light outside the building with a skateboard, also on Aug. 25.
Charged with criminal damage for allegedly helping topple statues
Jacob K. Capps, 27, of Madison,
was charged on Oct. 21 with two counts of felony criminal damage to property after police said they identified him as one of the people who helped pull down statues of abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg and the female figure Forward on the state Capitol grounds the night of June 23.
Charged with pulling down statues, breaking City-County Building window
Sasha N. Clemente, 21,
was charged Oct. 21 with two counts of felony criminal damage to property after police said they identified him as one of the people who pulled down statues of abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg and the female figure Forward on the state Capitol grounds the night of June 23. The following week he was charged with another count of felony criminal damage after police said they identified him a someone who broke a window on the City-County Building before others tried to set it ablaze early the morning of June 24.
Accused of taking part in looting a State Street pharmacy
Jequan Starks, 24, shown in this 2016 photo, was charged in late October with burglary for allegedly taking part in looting at a State Street pharmacy on May 30, the first of several nights of unrest Downtown following the police killing of a Black man in Minneapolis. A criminal complaint states Starks was seen entering the store through a broken window and leaving with multiple packs of cigarettes.
Pair charged with attempting to burn buildings Downtown
Willie Johnson, 45, (left) and Anessa Fierro, 27, both of Madison, were charged in September with attempted arson for fires police said they tried to set on Aug. 25 at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Chalmers Jewelers, both on East Washington Avenue, during a protest that night.
Federal criminal complaints allege Fierro and Johnson broke glass windows and doors on the two buildings, poured liquid from a gasoline container into the buildings and attempted to start fires. The complaints state they started a fire at one of the buildings and were trying to start a fire at the other, which also has occupied apartments, when Madison police officers arrived. The two were identified by police through video surveillance, the complaints state.
In May 2021, both signed plea agreements under which they will plead guilty to attempted arson.
Fierro was sentenced on Oct. 20, 2021, to five years in prison, and Johnson on Sept. 8, 2021, was also sentenced to five years in prison.
Charged with burglary for looting at Capitol Square pharmacy
Maleyk R. Mason, 24, was charged on Dec. 9 with burglary after police said he took about 10 packs of cigarettes from the Walgreens drug store, 15 E. Main St., during a break-in early on Aug. 25, when other Downtown buildings were also damaged following a protest.
A criminal complaint states a manager told police he recognized Mason on the store's surveillance video as someone who frequently came into the store. The complaint states when police interviewed him in November he admitted taking the cigarettes from Walgreens.
On April 26, 2021, Mason pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to five days in jail, which was stayed. He was ordered instead to perform 40 hours of community service.
Charged with felony criminal damage for statue toppling
Riley Sessions, 26, of Madison, was charged in December with felony criminal damage to property for his alleged role in toppling the Forward statue on the Capitol Square on June 23.
A criminal complaint states Sessions was identified for involvement in another alleged property damage incident the same night, and his clothing in that incident matched what he was wearing when seen on a street camera pulling on a cable attached to Forward.
On Sept. 3, 2021, he pleaded guilty to felony criminal damage to property and was placed in a first offenders program. During his time in the program he is required to make a "good faith effort" to pay $3,000 to $3,500 in restitution. If he completes the first offenders program, the felony charge would be dismissed without a conviction.
Charged with stealing the head of Hans Christian Heg statue
Rodney Clendening, 34, of Beloit, was charged in January with felony theft after police said they believe
he took the head of the Hans Christian Heg statue. The statue of abolitionist on the Capitol grounds was toppled in June during a violent night Downtown that followed protests. The head has never been found.
Charged with damaging police squad car, stealing rifle from it
Denzel A. Jackson Jr., 21, of Madison, was
charged in January with stealing an AR-15 rifle from a Madison police squad car as it was battered, spray-painted and ultimately set ablaze on May 30 just off State Street, the first night of protests over the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Jackson was also charged with felony criminal damage to property.
On Jan. 22, Jackson was also charged with burglary for allegedly taking part in looting of a store on State Street on May 30.
Charged with burglary and criminal damage at State Street jewelry store
John King, 38, of Madison, was charged in March with taking part in looting at a jewelry store on State Street on May 30. After a Madison Area Crime Stoppers release was issued, a criminal complaint states, King was identified by a Dane County sheriff's deputy who remembered King from earlier contact and from another protest, where he had identified himself by name. King's parole agent also identified him by surveillance photos taken at the jewelry store, the complaint states.
King is charged with burglary and criminal damage to property, both felonies.
Charged with burglaries at clothing and jewelry stores on State Street
Diamond R. Harris Moore, 26, of Madison, faces two counts of burglary for her alleged involvement in protest-night break-ins at a jewelry store and a clothing store on State Street on May 30. The charges were filed in March. According to a criminal complaint, police used photos found on social media to match a tattoo on Moore seen on surveillance video at the jewelry store and on a city street camera footage. The complaint alleges she took clothing from one location and from display cases at the jewelry store.
Charged with burglary at State Street liquor store
Tia C. Andruss, 21, was charged in March with burglary for her alleged involvement in the break-in and looting of a liquor store on State Street on Aug. 25. According to a criminal complaint, entry was gained to the store by others through a plywood panel that had been pulled off. Witnesses told police they had seen Andruss take bottles of liquor from the store after it had been broken into, the complaint states.