Protesters looking for justice hit Milwaukee streets

CREATED Aug 17, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A group of demonstrators hit the street in Milwaukee, looking for justice in their city, and standing in solidarity with those in Ferguson, Missouri. 

The protests closed several downtown streets and even an off-ramp from the Marquette interchange for a short time. Chief Ed Flynn says his officers were staying hands-off, and simply keeping an eye on the demonstrations. 

"We were protecting the rights of people to peacefully assemble and demonstrate...,"he said. "Even if they were demonstrating about concerns about police activity."

Flynn did not comment on the recent death of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot by an officer in Red Arrow Park, but he did say his department was watching the situation in Ferguson and taking lessons away from the situation there.