policing a protest

I thought some of you would enjoy this local color on police-protester relations in Madison. From the article’s conclusion: “Members of the national media who were present to cover the arrests complained that there was no story here. They’re missing the point. The Governor ordered the Capitol closed and everyone in it ejected. Protestors didn’t leave, and the police didn’t make them. As I prepared to leave, I passed a few dozen protestors waiting in line for free pizza. As with everything else the protestors have done in the last two weeks, the line was peaceful.” By the way, the local group blog from which this comes, http://www.dane101.com is a good source of on the ground reports.

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  1. And here’s a local news account that gives more information about exactly what happened: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_0e256e10-434c-11e0-b494-001cc4c002e0.html

    Update this morning: The Dept of Administration has ordered that no protesters be allowed into the Capitol. https://www.facebook.com/pages/TAA/282239722567 or the original source http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_549b88ea-4359-11e0-bf9e-001cc4c002e0.html
    You now have to have an appointment with someone to be allowed in the building.


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