A group advocating for abolishing police gathered in a circle on day three of the 2020 DNC and offered participants the chance to speak about why they think abolishing the police is critical to Milwaukee's future. Photo by Adam Kelnhofer, August 19, 2020.

By Adam Kelnhofer for WisPolitics.com

There was an increased, but still light presence of groups demonstrating near the convention site in Milwaukee on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.

Those showing up Wednesday afternoon included Bikers for Trump, who while riding roughly 80 motorcycles converged outside the perimeter at the corner of 6th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Dave Zien, a former GOP state senator from Eau Claire, said he rumbled up to the convention on his Harley-Davidson trike to support Donald Trump and promote better government. Zien and company departed just as a group of roughly 10 protesters with the Break the Silence in the Burbs group marched into view down Wisconsin Avenue on their way to the convention from Wauwatosa.

Two Break the Silence in the Burbs organizers said they chose to march the roughly 6-mile route to the Wisconsin Center to shine some light on their push for racial justice and equity.

They also said they wanted to let people in the inner-city know suburban Milwaukee residents stand in solidarity with them for justice for Black Milwaukeeans

Some members of the march linked up with another group already outside the convention aiming to raise awareness about and educate people on the movement to abolish police.

Diamond Smith, one of the leaders of the abolition group, said the group is advocating for reallocating resources and funding from the police to boost funding for mental health services and other needs.

Later in the evening, Secret Service agents scolded members of the environmentalist group Extinction Rebellion America for allegedly flying a drone near the fence. Later members of the group confronted agents at the southeast gate and tried to buy their way in with fake dollar bills. The move drew little response.

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