Police Leader Raises Voice in Concern
February 27, 2011 3:21 PM
Yesterday I joined a cold but spirited march around the Capitol with our city employees. Among them were several Madison police officers. Madison Police Union President Dan Frei joined Chief Noble Wray and me in expressing our deep concerns about Governor Walker's statement that he entertained the idea of disrupting peaceful protests in Madison. Here' is Officer Frei's letter:
As the Presidents of the Madison Professional Police Officers Association and the Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association, we join with Chief Noble Wray and Mayor Dave Cieslewicz in calling on Gov. Walker to provide further explanation of his remarks regarding planting people among protesters to disrupt the demonstrations. The over 800 law enforcement officers that we represent, along with all law enforcement officers, swore an oath to defend the constitutional rights of everyone, including the right to peacefully protest. To hear an elected official admit that he had considered sending in "troublemakers" to disrupt peaceful protests is extremely troubling. To hear him say that his "biggest fear" was not for the safety of the citizens at the Capitol, nor the safety of law enforcement officers who would be involved, but was that if there were problems (violence) that it might effect the passing of his bill, is disturbing beyond words. As law enforcement officers our primary consideration is always the safety and well being of the citizens we serve. Not only do we urge the Gov. to provide greater explanation of his comments but we call upon him to live up to his oath of office and publically pledge to take no actions that would change the tone of these demonstrations.