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Authorities release videos to identify suspects in Green Bay looting

 SWAT and Wisconsin State Patrol respond to violence at a downtown Green Bay gas station. May 31, 2020. (WBAY Photo)
SWAT and Wisconsin State Patrol respond to violence at a downtown Green Bay gas station. May 31, 2020. (WBAY Photo) (WBAY)
Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 3:09 PM CDT
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The Brown County Sheriff's Office and Green Bay Police released a six-and-a-half minute video of crimes that happened the night of civil rights protests in downtown Green Bay on May 31.

The protests were peaceful, but by 10:30 p.m. they were followed by looting at a downtown Marathon gas station. During the looting, someone in a car fired gunshots at the business. Squad cars that responded were vandalized while police were dealing with crowd control. That night and the next, downtown businesses were burglarized or vandalized.

The sheriff's office says the video doesn't cover all of the violence over those two nights. In a statement, the sheriff's office says the violence distracted attention and took away from the message civil rights protesters were trying to send to the community.

"If people didn't see themselves in the video and know they did wrong, that doesn't mean you're not identified -- you probably already are. We are only seeking in this video the people we couldn't or need help identifying," Sheriff's Lieutenant Kevin Pawlak said.

Authorities are looking to identify the person driving who is believed to have fired numerous shots in the direction of the gas station.

Officers are also looking to identify people knocking down shelves and taking items from inside the gas station.

"I'm guessing there's up to 20-25 people in there at one time, and some come in pretty quick and leave pretty quick. So, we're just looking for anyone or knows of anyone that was in there and realized it was a bad place to be and got out," said Lt. Pawlak.

Authorities are also looking to identify at least three suspects caught on video throwing objects at squad cars, one of which belonged to the K9 unit. Officials are hoping to speak with the witnesses taking video of the vandals to see if they can help identify them.

Lt. Pawlak says one person was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the burglary of the Camera Corner. More than $15,000 in stolen property was recovered.

A suspect has also been identified in connection with damage done to John Dewey Academy of Learning along Cherry Street.

If you recognize anyone in the video, you're asked to call (920) 448-7860 and leave a message or email

with the information.

You can also remain anonymous by giving your tip to Brown County Crimestoppers at (920) 432-7867 or online at

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