peripat wrote:It is a little alarming that the capitol police don't believe there will be any consequences for them, even though they know they are being taped. Does this look like a reasonable response to anyone?
In a word, no. It does not look reasonable but they are being well paid.
But wait! This protestor was armed with a camera! He was backing away from the police raising his hands in a defensive motion. And he looks suspiciously like, gasp, is he not white? Oh yes, that was certainly enough to provoke a tackle from 3 - 5 Capitol "police" each easily twice his size. What's next? Billy clubs, attack dogs and firehoses?
Don't forget that there ARE Madison and other Police officers and Firefighters across the State who support these protests. This quote from former Dane County Sheriff:
"When asked to stand guard at the doors that duty was turned over to the Wisconsin State Patrol (my note: read here Daddy Fitzgerald) because our deputies would not stand and be palace guards," said Sheriff Mahoney. "I refused to put deputy sheriffs in a position to be palace guards."
Right around that time thousands of dollars were spent to bring in metal detectors and out of state security guards to prevent public access to the Capitol which was only brought down by court order. (Wonder how much damage that caused to the marble flooring and wood door frames?)
The police regularly showed up on their time off during 2011 not only to work overtime protecting the peace in support of the protests but there are many who have maintained regular blogs up to today who question the Walker regime. The protestors respected the police and on more than one occasion did a mass "thank you" chant to police. I will never forget the firemen with their bagpipes and how their support meant so much. These aren't "libruls" but folks who normally support a traditional conservative agenda. There are firefighters who have been arrested for supporting the Sing a long as have Military Veterans and off-duty police being threatened with arrest for merely witnessing the Solidarity Sing a Long.
Again, no. The actions by Erwin enforcers is not reasonable, professional, nor ethical. YES, people WITH JOBS are protesting at the Sing-a-long. As has been said before, nothing says freedom of speech like asking your government for permission to speak.