FBI Joins Investigation after WI EMT is Attacked, Burned

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly joined the investigation into an alleged racist attack on an 18-year-old EMT in Wisconsin, according to a report.

Madison365 reports the FBI joined the case because of the “egregious” nature of the assault. Althea Bernstein told Madison police four white men approached her car, and one of the sprayed a liquid on her and lit her on fire.

The liquid was determined to be lighter fluid and the fire caused burns on her face and neck.

Bernstein appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to tell her story.


Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in a statement: “This is a horrifying and absolutely unacceptable crime that I will not tolerate in Madison. While we are still learning more about the details, current information suggests this may have been a premeditated crime targeted toward people of color, which makes the incident even more disturbing.

“I immediately reached out to the police when I learned of the incident, asking them to use all available resources to pursue the perpetrators as quickly as possible.”

Investigators are looking at surveillance images to see if any of the assault was captured on camera.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or by computer at