Madison
68° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

State Capitol Policing Overkill

Published On: Aug 26 2013 11:17:43 AM CDT
Neil Heinen photo

We got a call last week from a 67 year old man who, as a citizen of Wisconsin, wanted to go to the State Capitol at noon to see with his own eyes the daily protest sing-along and what was being done about it. He did not go, for fear of being arrested. And there is something very wrong with that.


It is even more wrong than the arrests themselves, which are wrong even if there is currently some legal justification. And what’s wrong about it is the use still of aggressive, confrontational, military-style policing, and the unnecessarily rough treatment of folks who don’t deserve it. This is 2013 and there are alternative and more appropriate styles of policing.


Thus, it becomes clearer all the time that the Walker Administration forced out Capitol Police Chief Tubbs and replaced him with Chief Erwin because they want that style of policing. Protestors could easily be cited and escorted out without being handcuffed. Observers could be encouraged to move. This just appears more and more like politics rather than public safety and it’s making this state look petty, mean-spirited and stupid. Worse, it’s discouraging citizens from going to their state Capitol.

 

Advertisement
  • iOS 8

    From Apple

    Best new Apple iOS 8 features

    Apple's iOS 8 is here, and it's packed with slick new features. Take a look at some of the best changes to the latest version of the popular mobile operating system.

  • Testing for Ebola

    REUTERS/Misha Hussain

    Common myths about Ebola

    At least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were reportedly murdered in a remote village in Guinea in a brutal example of growing distrust locals have of foreigners coming to help stem the mushrooming health crisis. Take a look at common myths about the deadly virus.

  • Police lights file 2

    Ridiculous 911 calls

    Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.

  • C3K-EVENTS

    Events calendar

    Looking for something to do? Visit Channel 3000's events section featuring dining, food, music and family-friendly events throughout Madison and the surrounding area.

  • Get your weather app

    Channel3000.com and WISC-TV3 deliver local forecasts, live radar, school closings and alerts for Madison and South Central Wisconsin to iOS or Android devices.

  • Learn more about WISC-TV

    Meet the News 3 staff, learn about our newscasts, search our job postings and find out how to contact us.

Advertisement