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  •  Milwaukee newspaper hints at a felony charge (20+ / 0-)

    This is part of the article posted this afternoon to the Journal-Sentinel's website:

    Madison — An arrest during the usually peaceful Capitol singalong protests resulted in an altercation Monday between police and a protester and a tentative felony battery charge against him.

    The charge being recommended to prosecutors is the most severe since labor protests began here in February 2011 and since police stepped up arrests during the noon protests one month ago.

    Stephanie Marquis, speaking for the Department of Administration, said in a statement, "Both individuals refused to leave and actively resisted officers when they were placed under arrest.... When officers began to arrest Damon Terrell, he began to walk away and actively resisted arrest."

    In addition to the tentative charge of battery of a police officer — a felony — Damon Terrell is facing misdemeanor resisting arrest charges. His brother is being tentatively charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and assembling without a permit.

    The videos would seem to tell a different story. It's good that the technological revolution has enabled witnesses to capture proof so easily.
    •  Typical of police. (8+ / 0-)

      Trumped up charges.

      It isn't enough they beat us up, trample all over our rights.
      Nooo...the chickenshit cops and their badge haeavy tactics is growing really old.

      Police need to get it through their thick heads that they are public servants and we the people employ them.

      It is time we start to have a serious discussion concerning police abuses and reign them in. They are out of control.

      We the people have every right to expect the best from our police departments. The accountability starts now.

      "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

      by wxorknot on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:03:28 PM PDT

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    •  "the Department of Administration" (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      Every time I see that name, Terry Gilliam's Brazil pops into my head.

      Stand Your Ground Against ALEC

      by here4tehbeer on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:08:36 AM PDT

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