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Walker's Police State

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For the past month Scott Walker's Capitol police have been making arrests and handing out citations to individuals who have come to simply watch, take pictures, or gather news as a group calling themselves the Solidarity Singers merely sing.

The Solidarity singers have been coming to the Rotunda every day from Noon until 1:00 P.M. for over a year.   Their songs are in protest to the variety of things Walker has been doing to their state and groups within the state. They merely come during the noon hour so as to not interrupt during the normal working hours. They have even been joined by off-duty Madison police officers. The officers made it clear they were not representing the Madison police, but felt the recent arrests were a constitutional overreach.

Although what this group is doing is not in violation of any federal or state law Walker has brought in a new individual to head up this Capitol police squad.   It might be added this new person has received a rather hefty increase in pay over the person he replaced much to the ire of the officers on the Capitol police squad.   In fact they have a law suit against Walker at the present time.

With the arrival of this new Chief has come a barrage of arrests on peaceful   individuals who have simply come to silently protest, watch the singers (maybe hum along with them), take pictures, and just to see what is going on.

These individuals have become the target for the police as they have arrested close to 300 in the past month. These arrests have had little merit, although these individuals have to go to court, causing an escalation in expenses for the state.

One thing that appears to be consistent in these arrests is they appear to be targeting various groups.   They have arrested journalists, union members, members of   a group calling themselves the Raging Grannies of Madison, an elected Alderman and editor from the Progressive magazine, bystanders who have a sign of protest, and others.

They have even arrested a 14 year old girl who was observing with her mother and a 71 year old man who was merely observing. The man, a minority, was thrown to the ground injuring himself to the point of needing medical treatment.

This past Monday two other minorities were literally beaten up by the police as it appears these arrests are getting more violent, not from the protesters, but from the Capital police. This latest had the police attack a minority man who was actually backing away, saying , "I do not resist, but will not assist." Three police officers then threw him to the ground and beat him, leaving wounds on his neck as they handcuffed and carried him off.   He stayed in jail for three days before his was given a bail hearing where he was let go, without any charges being filed.

Meanwhile, the Corporate Media Propagandists who helped but Walker in office, plus aided him in winning the recall vote, has been nearly silent as most of America are unaware of the police state Walker   has created in Wisconsin. It is believed they are silent in order to protect one of the "darlings" of the Koch brothers, just as they have silenced the circumstances of Walker's departure from Marquette University for cheating in his campaign for Student Body President.  

There have been numerous campaign violations cited in Walker's run for other political positions where individuals have been found guilty, but none has touched "darling" Scott. Yet! And they most likely won't as long as he continues to perform as ordered by his financial backers, namely the Koch brothers. He will be protected as long as he busts unions, closes public schools, sells public properties to private entities such as the Kochs, strips Wisconsin farmlands in favor of mining interests, keeps several hundred thousand Wisconsinites from medical health insurance, and literally destroys what was once a beautiful and prosperous state into one that in completely a private corporation.

So, while Walker is out of the state campaigning for his presidential bid in 2016 his capitol police thugs arrest innocent individuals while they protest, peacefully, the destruction Walker is imposing on their state and the Corporate Media Propagandists continue to protect him by being silent on this injustice.

If this is what America has become not even heaven can help us.

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Dennis Kaiser is an author and consultant focusing on individual rights. As a US citizen Dennis is deeply concerned over how our nation has fallen from being productive and full of hope to one where that hope is being stripped from the majority (more...)

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