Prosecutors: Not enough evidence to prove Wisconsin attack

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Althea Bernstein (Credit: WISC, family handout)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say there’s not enough evidence to prove that a young biracial woman was set on fire during protest in Wisconsin this summer.

Eighteen-year-old Althea Bernstein alleged that four white men walked up to her car during a June 24 protest in Madison, sprayed her with lighter fluid and tossed a flaming lighter at her — setting her neck and face on fire.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Madison said in a statement Friday that a team of federal and state investigators conducted interviews and reviewed traffic cameras but couldn’t come up with enough evidence to prove that the attack occurred.

Bernstein’s family issued a statement, saying she is healing and they appreciate investigators’ work.

A reward of $10,000 was being offered for information leading to the suspect or suspects.

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