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Series: Policing Practices And Accountability In Wisconsin


 
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A Wisconsinites celebrated Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes released a slate of bills aimed at reforming police practices in the state.
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Protests are continuing in Wisconsin, marking two weeks of public outcry against systemic racism and police violence. Several hundred health care providers and advocates rallied at the state Capitol in Madison, and more protests and community events were held around Milwaukee.
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The LGBTQ Pride and Black Lives Matter movements echoed their similar calls for reforming how the law enforcement system treats people in each community.
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The Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ movements joined forces on June 12 as people gathered for a celebration in Madison. The Pride for Black Lives rally at the state Capitol was organized to honor and celebrate people in the black and LGBTQ communities.
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The head of the Wisconsin's largest police union says the group supports a nationwide ban on chokeholds, as well as other reform measures aimed at increasing police accountability.
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Nearly two weeks after Madison's first protest honoring the life of George Floyd, the heart of the city's downtown remains in limbo. Stores and museums along State Street are still covered in plywood, a reminder of demonstrations that began peacefully, but for a few nights, turned chaotic.
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Police department leaders in Milwaukee defended their use of tear gas against protesters at a meeting of the city's Fire and Police Commission.
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Here's a roundup of what Wisconsin's congressional delegation has said on the topics of protest and police reform on the 14th consecutive day of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the state.
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Activists across the country protesting police brutality are calling for police departments to be defunded. While proposals have varied, it generally means shifting funding from police — which typically consume the largest portion of a city's budget — to boost social programs.
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Calls for changes to the Madison Police Department have been refueled by comments made by the mayor in which she empathized with officers working to control Black Lives Matter protests in the midst of a pandemic.