The protester whose arrest sparked protests in Madison is now facing federal extortion charges.
Twenty-eight-year-old Devonere Johnson was arrested Tuesday after walking into a restaurant with a megaphone and baseball bat. The complaint says Johnson threatened to destroy the window of business unless an employee sent him money. Johnson is also accused of threatening to have rioters destroy and burn down another business unless he and some friends got free food and drinks. U-S Attorney Scott Blader said, "Those who attempt to take advantage of recent events to extort local businesses under the guise of community activism will be vigorously prosecuted."