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Your Views: Gov. Walker awards police thugs while stomping on our rights

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August 20, 2013

Just when you think it could not get more outrageous, it does. Matt Rothschild, editor of Progressive Magazine, who identified himself as a journalist, was arrested by Capitol Police for taking pictures of people being arrested for singing at the state Capitol last Thursday. Those arrested included grandmothers; members of the singing group the Raging Grannies.

Just a week earlier, while attending the Veterans for Peace National Convention in Madison, I went over to the Capitol to observe the singers. While standing at the rail of the first-floor balcony, three Capitol Police officers came up behind me and told me I would have to leave the building or I would be arrested. I was not singing; I was simply observing the singers.

Now I read how Gov. Scott Walker’s administration used what Gov. Tommy Thompson’s employment relations secretary called a “charade” to bypass administrative procedures in granting double-digit raises to Capitol Police Chief Erwin and Deputy Police Chief Blackdeer. Walker grants raises to his enforcement thugs while trampling on the rights and decreasing the pay of teachers and other public employees. Unbelievable.

Many of my fellow veterans at the convention were shocked at what they saw the police doing at the Capitol. For many veterans who have fought and died for our freedoms, these happenings are terribly disturbing. How long will it be before Walker begins dressing his police force in brown shirts?

NORMAN AULABAUGH

Orfordville



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