Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 5:59am
For the second day, a very large crowd has gathered in and around the State Capitol. Much, if not all, of the Capitol Square is being shut down to traffic in order to accommodate throngs of protesters. The Madison Police Department (MPD) would like to thank protesters for their decorum, and would urge everyone to continue to remain peaceful. MPD officers will continue to help protesters to safely move about the downtown, and dialog between protesters and officers has been very positive. "Our job is to create an environment for a democracy to take place," said Chief Noble Wray. Capitol Police are not allowing signs attached to sticks to be brought inside the Capitol, but those without sticks are okay. Protesters are asked to leave signs attached to sticks outside of the building. Motorists should be advised that there will likely be delays around the downtown area.
- Joel DeSpain266-4897