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Series: Policing Practices And Accountability In Wisconsin


 
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Wisconsinites — from activists to professional basketball players to politicians to concerned citizens — took to the streets once more on June 7 to take part in ongoing protests that spread nationwide after George Floyd was killed in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.
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June 6 marks the ninth day in Wisconsin in which demonstrations have filled city streets and public spaces as organizers have sought to raise awareness about a range of social justice issues, including institutional racism, police brutality and the flaws of the criminal justice system.
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For the eighth day in a row, protesters across Wisconsin gathered Friday to remember African Americans killed by law enforcement and fight for the end to racial injustice and police brutality.
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Police reform is an immediate action item for community organizers protesting the killing of George Floyd. Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities, discusses policing, the structure of white supremacy and changes demonstrators in Milwaukee are seeking.
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Will demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd be the situation that causes change? Noble Wray, retired Madison Police Chief and a law enforcement consultant on community policing, discusses the protests and what he thinks is most important for law enforcement to be doing.
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Gov. Tony Evers declared racism to be a public health crisis, but what tangible steps will he take to heal that malady? The governor discusses proposed legislation that would change how police in Wisconsin use force and building with communities of color.
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What is the situation on the ground with practicing cops, those still responding and engaging and making decisions? Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith discusses training, police accountability, marching with protesters, and criticism the department is facing over its use of force.
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What do the George Floyd protests mean for people who feel marginalized on the job, priced out of their neighborhoods, overcharged for payday loans and over-policed? Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, discusses the challenge of systemic racism.
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A bill before the Wisconsin Legislature would define the primary duty of law enforcement as preserving the life of all individuals, and that deadly force is to be used only as a last resort. A former police officer, State Sen. Van Wanggaard discusses this proposal and the training of police.
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The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked protests around Wisconsin, which advocate for changes in police practices and call for an end to systemic racism.