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- OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Madison and Dane County Police Unions Condemn Capitol Crackdown on Protesters –

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: September 18, 2012
Contact: Brian Austin, MPPOA (608) 347-2773
David McClurg, Vice President, MPPOA (608) 577-2074

 
 
 

 

Police Unions’ Statement Regarding Recent Enforcement Action at the Capitol

 
The Madison Professional Police Officers Association and Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association today release the following joint statement:
 
In February of 2011, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites travelled to our state Capitol in order to have their voices heard. It was truly a remarkable time in Wisconsin’s history, where people from all sides of a political issue came together in one place to peacefully demonstrate. There was an exceptional relationship between the protesters and on-duty law enforcement officers during this time, and Madison saw none of the strife or violence that has touched other protest movements nationwide.
 
The on-duty officers acted in a truly exemplary manner during the 2011 protests. They were professional and courteous, and performed their duties impartially in order to protect the free speech rights of all parties involved. These officers, from countless jurisdictions across Wisconsin, set an example for the world to follow regarding the role of the police during peaceful citizen protests. Part of the reason they were able to accomplish this was that the leaders of these agencies were extremely sensitive to the free speech rights of all participants, and as such, did not place their officers in positions that would infringe upon those rights.
 
It is within this context that we have been watching with alarm the recent developments at the Wisconsin State Capitol. In recent weeks, the Department of Administration (DOA) and the leadership within the Capitol Police have commenced enforcement action against peaceful protesters coming to the Capitol. Officers have been ordered to arrest and cite protesters whose only offense is the silent carrying of a sign. Other protesters have been cited for gathering for the “Solidarity Sing-along,” a non-violent group of citizens who sing every day over the noon hour. The Solidarity Singers have been particularly cognizant of the needs of other groups who also want to utilize the Capitol, and frequently relocate outside the Capitol to be respectful of those needs. They are now being cited for assembly at the Capitol without a permit
 
The right to free speech and the right to peaceful assembly are two of the fundamental rights upon which our democracy is based. Since the birth of our nation, the courts have taken great pains to protect these rights vigorously, and view any infringement upon these rights with great skepticism. We believe the recent enforcement action at the Capitol clearly violates these rights in a way that should be unacceptable in a free society.
To be perfectly clear, our grievance is not with the officers of the Capitol Police. These officers have performed admirably for over a year and a half under very trying circumstances. We believe that the recent policy change at the Capitol presents a substantial safety risk to the officers who are tasked with its implementation. Simply stated, these officers are being forced into emotionally-charged confrontations that are neither necessary nor advisable.
 
The Capitol Police officers are also the only participants in this situation who stand to lose their livelihood and ability to support their families. These officers are particularly vulnerable due to the fact that they lost their collective bargaining rights with countless other public employees under Act 10. This statement is as much a statement in support of these officers as it is a statement condemning the policies of the DOA and the leadership of the Capitol Police. These officers are being placed in an impossible position.
 
We are asking the Department of Administration, the leadership of the Capitol Police, and the Governor’s Office to respect the core values and freedoms upon which this great state and nation were founded, and cease their infringement upon these freedoms. Wisconsin has a rich tradition of open government and free expression of ideas, and we ask that these individuals uphold this tradition in a manner worthy of their positions of public trust. If the current trajectory of these policies continues, we do not believe that history will judge the leaders of this state kindly with respect to the free speech rights of its citizens.

 

8 thoughts on “OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Madison and Dane County Police Unions Condemn Capitol Crackdown on Protesters

  1. peoplesunitedassembly

    Nuremberg principles
    Principle IV
    The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.

    • peoplesunitedassembly

      Nuremberg principles
      Principle III states, “The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.”

  2. Incredible. Much respect for this elegantly composed, concise defense of basic civil liberties. An effective argument for the unity of the working class, including those employed in repressive state apparatuses. I’ll share this with my dogmatically anti-law enforcement comrades. Its up to the authors and the members to promote this message on a broad scale, however. Bear in mind, officers, that the deconstruction of our right to assemble is consciously intended to nullify our ability to resist. Without resistance there can only be authoritarian forms of power. Keep your moral compasses pointed north, and perhaps we’ll find ourselves resisting together.

  3. Our leaders have turned on us globally and we are on the front lines of the most epic battle ever conceived under heaven and on earth against evil incarnate wherein ”wicked men ambitious of power”, with hatred of liberty and with an eternal contempt of law seek to murderously enslave all humanity. I am truly honored to have as associates the members of our group who are my fellow soldiers in defense of mankind.

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/sosbeewrit.html

  4. How the fbi and their operatives like Bebop/Upton cause social unrest and attempt to set people up for incarceration(either in jail or in hospital),or for death.

    1)
    From:

    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/02/422103.shtml

    fbi operative suggests that I am a threat to the public as follows:

    “The most incompetent government agencies in the world”

    26.Feb.2013 13:30

    paint me doubtful

    “Millions upon millions of dollars and man hours wasted watching this imbecile and no results. What in the world justifies spending so much time and money watching this goober? They must think that he is planning an act of terrorism, or maybe he is getting ready to shoot up a school or theater. I think it is time to find out what the fbi knows about geral, and why he is such a danger to the public. He is obviously mentally incompetent, so maybe, just maybe another mass murder will be prevented by this surveillance”

    2)
    A fraudulent “BOLO” issued against me by the assassins of UT Police at the direction of fbi:

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part19c-updatefo.html

    3)
    University of Texas Police refusal to investigate crimes against my person on campus by police/fbi operative:

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part19a-updatefo.html

    4)
    The corrupt court dismisses case against the same police thug:

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part19b-updatefo.html

    5)
    Incorrect or false medical report seeks to discredit victim of fbi’s torture campaign.

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part20-updatefor.html

    My present comment in response to the false medical report by Dr. Holder (note that a new medical report is forthcoming (to the same link above) from Dr. ODonnell contradicting Dr. Holder’s suspect report:
    This date, Dr. Brian ODonnell, MD, Harlingen, Texas, finds concerning Geral W. Sosbee, “no signs of paranoia or delusions noted on visit today”. Dr. ODonnell makes reference in his report to a false assessment of ”Paranoia Delusional Disorder” by Dr. Holder in his report on me dated March 7, 2013.

    6)
    Standards for civil commitment of innocent and sane Targets

    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/05/375399.shtml

    7)
    My sworn affidavit ignored by all police in USA:

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/affidavit2007.html

    8)
    Overview of the Age Of Madness:

    http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/age-madness-critical-review-fbicia-operations/9375

    See my report from personal experience on how the Police State (created in part by fbi assassins) causes social unrest.

    FBI/Police Creates Social Upheaval

    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/03/422488.shtml

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