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Series: Policing Practices And Accountability In Wisconsin


 
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When times get tough for parishioners at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, the usual response is to come together.
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Thousands of people across Wisconsin have turned out for protests calling for changes to policing policies and tactics they say result in disproportionate use of force against people of color. Some activists say lasting change will only happen if protesters also turn out to vote.
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Protesters blocked traffic on a major arterial roadway and confronted a school board official in Madison, while hundreds in Milwaukee marched to Wauwatosa, in the seventh day of statewide protests calling for justice for George Floyd and decrying racial injustice.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has not prevented packed protests in cities around the U.S. The largest Black Lives Matter protests have been concentrated in Milwaukee and Madison, but gatherings have been held statewide.
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Gov. Tony Evers declared "racism is a public health crisis" during a June 4 media briefing call about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Police in Madison and Milwaukee have used tear gas on policing protesters and shot rubber bullets when they have felt threatened. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he wants a full review done whenever he sees a video or an incident that raises questions.
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Rhinelander has not seen many protests over the years.
More than two dozen Wisconsin communities have witnessed demonstrations demanding greater accountability for police over the week since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd on May 25.
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Demonstrations continued across Wisconsin on June 3, with protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man killed while in police custody.
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Police actions are under scrutiny following the release of video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of an African-American man, George Floyd, for nine minutes, and Wisconsin's members of the U.S. House of Representatives weigh in the the ensuing nationwide protests.