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Wisconsin lawmakers ignore calls for change

Scott Robert Shaw



The reaction to complaints of police brutality and racism has been swift. People have gathered in La Crosse and around the world calling for change in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Congress is drafting legislation requiring a changing of police behavior by banning chokeholds, and making it easier to track instances of police misconduct. So what are state lawmakers in Madison doing to respond to the calls for change? Nothing. They aren’t even in session, and haven’t been since April. In fact, their schedule gives them the rest of the year off. Even with the calls to action, our state elected officials have not taken up a single piece of legislation to reduce police use of force or provide other reforms. Governor Evers has unveiled a package of legislation which would require officers to use de-escalation techniques. Officers would be required to intervene if they see their colleagues using excessive force. These are common-sense responses. But our legislative leaders are nowhere to be seen. Just like their lack of response to the pandemic, when Wisconsin was one of the last states in the nation to approve any legislation related to the coronavirus, or its economic fallout. Just what are these lawmakers doing as everyday citizens demand change? Unfortunately, so far, the answer is nothing.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Reese stuve

    June 11, 2020 at 5:52 am

    Maybe because it doesnt exist look at the facts. There is a handful of bad cops. 99.9% of law enforcement officers are honorable. We don’t need changes in our laws just less Democrats.

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    Joanne Brown

    June 11, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Those non responsive “leaders” are Republicans. I think that is important information.

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