By Todd Richmond | 26 June 2020
ASSOCIATED PRESS — Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Black man whose arrest triggered a violent protest in Wisconsin’s capital city with extorting local businesses.
Police arrested 28-year-old Devonere Johnson in Madison on Tuesday after he walked into Cooper’s Tavern near the state Capitol building with a megaphone and a bat. The arrest sparked a protest later that night that saw demonstrators tear down two statues outside the Capitol building and assault state Sen. Tim Carpenter on the Capitol lawn.
Johnson faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on two counts of extortion. Online court records did not list the case or an attorney for Johnson as of late Friday afternoon. U.S. Attorney Scott Blader said in a statement that Johnson’s initial appearance hasn’t been set. […]