snoqueen wrote:During the big demonstrations the previous chief, Chief Tubbs, was out there every day for hours and hours not only leading his officers but talking to individuals and helping broker various agreements that protected people's right to assemble while maintaining a safe environment. He did a great job and is possibly the single biggest reason the activity stayed calm enough for even very little kids to attend, while few people (regardless of political leanings) were arrested.
Whatever you think of Chief Erwin, it's fair to say he is not following this model.
In fact, when my out-of-state family expressed concern for me attending the massive 2011 protests they mentioned the "violence" at these events. I told them to stop listening only to Fox News. The protests are peaceful and not only are the police keeping the peace they participate, as do local firefighters, in the protests while off work. I was amazed hearing the crowd around me chant "thank you" to police and firefighers. Then I pointed out that the "violent" episodes FN was broadcasting showed protests with participants wearing t-shirts with palm trees in the background. I gently reminded them that palm trees nor t-shirts are possible outdoors in February in Wisconsin.