Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes released from jail

NOW: Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes released from jail


Updated: 2:34 p.m. on June 30, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Community activist Vaun Mayes was released from jail Tuesday afternoon, June 30.

Mayes was greeted by a crowd of supporters outside the Milwaukee Police Administration building.

"This is just a continuum of what we've seen," Mayes said. "Everybody knows about my legal situation. Again, I don't want to say nothing my attorney wouldn't want me to say, but I just think this is extremely wrong."

According to the DA's office, Mayes was arrested for burglary as party to a crime and criminal trespass to dwelling.

Police say Mayes' arrest stems from the unrest near 40th and Lloyd last week when a home was set on fire during a search for two missing teens. Ten police officers were hurt.

Protest organizer Frank Nitty says Mayes did not incite the violence.

"Vaun L Mayes may have put his foot on the back porch to tell people, hey don't go in that house," Nitty said. "How are you going to charge someone with burglary when the people upstairs say he never burglarized them."

Protesters say they believe Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has a vendetta against Mayes. 

He is facing federal charges in a separate case. He's accused of plotting to firebomb a Milwaukee police station after the Sherman Park unrest in 2016.


Posted: 11:07 p.m. on June 29, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Protesters in Milwaukee are calling on police to release a local activist who was arrested Monday afternoon, June 29, for burglary as a party to a crime. 

Vaun Mayes was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the unrest last week at the home near 40th and Lloyd.

Shortly after his arrest, protesters showed up at the Police Administration building, which was taped off.

Mayes was already facing federal charges for reportedly planning to firebomb a police station in 2016.

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