Police: Molotov cocktail thrown at officers amid protests Tuesday night in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE --A tense scene unfolded in Milwaukee Tuesday evening, June 2 amid ongoing protests over the officer-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On Wednesday morning, June 3 police increased security outside the Police Administration Building -- with dumpsters blocking the road and officers standing guard. The extra barriers were brought in after Tuesday's demonstration that, at times, was violent.

At approximately 8:08 p.m. on Tuesday, police said an individual threw a Molotov cocktail at uniformed police officers in the area near 6th Street and McKinley Avenue. It did not ignite. That incident took place just after protesters moved through the area, police said.

FOX6's cameras captured a crowd gathered near 6th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and police lined up, facing the protesters.

FOX6's Kasey Chronis reported from the scene several demonstrators were tackled by officers and it appeared they were taken into custody. It's unclear what sparked the confrontation.

At this point, protesters began throwing water bottles at officers as the large group of officers in riot gear descended on protesters, tear gas was set off and rubber bullets were fired.

"There is nothing non-violent about what is transpiring during the nighttime hours," said Chief Morales.

Milwaukee police said there were approximately 27 arrests Tuesday. Additionally, police said approximately three stores were burglarized, one store was damaged and approximately seven vehicles were towed "in regard to civil unrest."