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Series: Policing Practices And Accountability In Wisconsin


 
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Graffiti scrawled on a downtown Madison business that replaced broken windows with plywood asks a question that peaceful demonstrators, business owners and police want to know after repeated nights of looting and vandalism: "Why?"
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Many words have been used to describe the police accountability protests across Wisconsin and the nation. Urban Triage founder and CEO Brandi Grayson, an organizer of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Madison, discusses what peace means in this movement.
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Several Wisconsin police chiefs have condemned the actions of the police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd for nearly nine minutes, killing the Minneapolis man.
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Truck drivers are staying the course as the COVID-19 pandemic continues – traffic may be lighter, but the health precautions necessary to minimize the risk of infection make the job lonelier.
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Protests demanding justice for George Floyd — the Minneapolis man killed in police custody — and broader police reform continued unabated on June 1, with hundreds of demonstrators in Madison cutting off traffic on a major roadway and hundreds marching through Milwaukee.
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Large protests always carry a degree of risk, but big gatherings during a pandemic make the decision to go or stay home especially difficult.
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Organizers of protests in Madison held in the wake of the killing of George Floyd say they are prepared to keep going for the foreseeable future. The mayors of Wisconsin's three largest cities have issued curfews ahead of further demonstrations.
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Black community leaders in Milwaukee are outlining the changes they think it will take to address the concerns of police accountability protesters turning out in city and across the nation.
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Protesters in Wisconsin clashed with police for a second night on May 31. Following peaceful protests during the day, there was widespread looting and property damage across some of the state's largest cities.
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The day began with a peaceful rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol, outlining continued frustration in the relationship between police and Madison’s black community. In 2015, a MPD officer shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson. Since then, protesters say not much has changed.