Madison
28° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

Police stun protester with Taser at Concerts on the Square

Published On: Aug 02 2012 01:29:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 02 2012 04:19:32 PM CDT
William Gruber
MADISON, Wis. -

A man protesting state government leaders at Concerts on the Square on Wednesday is facing charges after he wouldn't stop yelling profanities and struggled with officers, Madison police said.

The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. before the start of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's outdoor concert on the Capitol Square.

Police said William Gruber, 47, of Madison, was yelling profanities about state government leaders and Nazis, and when police asked him to stop being disruptive, he began to weave in and around families that were seated on their blankets and preparing for the concert to begin.

Officers finally caught Gruber, as he continued to yell, "These cops are trying to arrest me and I have pot in my pocket," and he struggled with officers as they attempted to take him into custody, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said they used a Taser gun to bring Gruber under control, then handcuffed him and took him into custody.

Gruber again used profanity to describe how he felt about being shocked with the Taser, but he was conveyed to the jail just before the concert started, police said.

Police said officers were able to confirm that Gruber was in possession of marijuana.

Madison police said Gruber was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and possession of marijuana. 

Advertisement
  • NYC fire emergency responders

    @NYPDTransport/Twitter

    Blast, fire rock NYC neighborhood

    An explosion rocked a heavily traveled section of Manhattan's East Village on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people and leveling parts of a building, authorities said.

  • brazil sinkhole bus

    What causes sinkholes

    In March 2015, a sinkhole swallowed a tour bus in northern Brazil. The incident happened near a flooded river. Everyone aboard escaped safely. Take a look at what causes a sinkhole and some other notable sinkholes that have made headlines.

  • red carpet, movies, Hollywood

    iStock/DeniceBreaux

    The new A-list: How much do today's stars make per movie?

    According to a survey conducted of producers, agents and executives by The Hollywood Reporter, there are at least six actors earning as much as $20 million per picture. Click on to see how much today's biggest stars command.

Advertisement