MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Security and law enforcement experts are criticizing Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration's efforts to arrest protesters in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda.
Protesters have been gathering in the rotunda almost daily to sing anti-Walker songs. Capitol Police launched a crackdown on them in July for assembling without a permit. Officers have made more than 300 arrests so far. On Monday police for the first time tackled a protester and hauled him away.
University of Wisconsin-Madison law school professor and police procedure expert Michael Scott tells the Wisconsin State Journal that officers' tactics are enflaming the situation. U.S. Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Terry Gainer says arresting protesters only makes officers targets.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, which oversees the Capitol Police, didn't immediately return a message.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Members of the newly created commission to regulate ethics laws for Wisconsin office holders and lobbyists are beginning their work with the simplest of tasks: deciding on a name. Weightier decisions aren't far...More >>
A prosecutor has cleared a northern Wisconsin sheriff's deputy of any wrongdoing in the death of a 14-year-old boy. Ashland County Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich shot and killed eighth-grader Jason Pero in November....More >>
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 remaining during a 4-on-4 situation and the St. Louis Blues beat the Wild 2-1 on Friday night to leave Minnesota with a 2-0 leadMore >>
Ethan Happ scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists Friday night as Wisconsin broke out of an offensive to beat Illinois 75-50. Happ was one of four Badgers who scored in double figures, led by...More >>