Scott Walker is too busy in other states obediently serving his billionaire-class corporate welfare masters for campaign money to probably even care what’s going on in what he must think is His Palace. That’s right, Wisconsin’s most divisive governor ever is out of state. But he sure does love giving out tax breaks to his political cronies and contributors while slashing programs for education, health, senior services and whatever else his American Legislative Exchange Council funded and well-oiled Republican House and Senate deliver to him. He must love what Madison Capitol Police Chief is doing with the completely unconstitutional and costly crackdown in the Capitol Rotunda that he found it appropriate to give him an 11.7% raise through some fancy monkey business that now faces a possible audit.
Madison —Twenty-one Democratic lawmakers want auditors to look into the circumstances surrounding the 11.7% pay increase that Gov. Walker’s administration gave to the Capitol Police chief earlier this year.
The legislators sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Audit Committee, Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Allouez) and Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Powers Lake), requesting that the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau look into the raise, part of which was retroactive.
Gov. Scott Walker’s administration disputed Monday that it violated any state personnel rules in awarding sizable pay raises to Capitol Police Chief Dave Erwin and his top deputy after moving the pair on paper to phantom jobs for two weeks and then back to their real posts.
Erwin — who has overseen a crackdown on Walker protesters at the statehouse, including a very physical arrest of one vocal demonstrator Monday — received an overall salary increase of $11,680 a year, with the first $720 of that coming retroactively.
There was the continuing Solidarity Sing Along event for Monday. The Capitol Police were not immediately present upon entrance into the “participant” zone of the Rotunda where nearly 300 arrests have been made for singing, sign-holding, observing and reporting the events as journalists.
You know that when you enter the Rotunda area during a Solidarity Sing Along event, you are subject to unconstitutional harassment by the policies issued through Walker’s Department of Administration (DOA) and the Capitol Police, much like enemy totalitarian countries American veterans have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice to end.
You can be arrested in Walker’s Wisconsin for being an observer at an event even though the DOA made a very rare public relations announcement saying that observing was “legal”. Arrests of observers prove the DOA is lying.
As for this day, a tweet at 12:13PM was issued that showed that the event was continuing with one arrest at that time.
Minutes later, another tweet was issued showing the event was continuing as expected with the Capitol Police not in sight for that moment, which as at 12:21PM.
It seemed to be time to go outside the Capitol Rotunda to the Stand For Wisconsin Women rally, where a few tweets were issued. There seemed to be no indication that very solid evidence of police brutality was about to happen in the Rotunda.
Some very troubling video captured the Solidarity Sing Along event on August 26, 2013 that clearly show police brutality done by Erwin’s staff that even other law enforcement entities have found to be extreme.
Video by Rebecca Kemble
Video by Segway Jeremy Ryan
Video by Occupy Riverwest
It is obvious that it’s only going to get worse and perhaps even deadly. That can’t happen.
Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief David Erwin needs to resign immediately and Scott Walker needs to come back to the state he supposed to be governing and apologize to the people of Wisconsin for allowing such brutality to happen in the State Capitol. Additionally, the officers engaged in this hideous, undemocratic activity must be named and exposed as well.
Predictably, the Koch Brothers astroturf phony Tea Party “leadership”, always piping off about how their poor constitutional rights are under attack, are as quiet as little sheep without a peep on this tragic attack on American freedom of speech and assembly. Those paying attention to the childish, half-witted claptrap from the Tea Party already have known they are simple frauds who don’t give a damn about the U.S. Constitution if it doesn’t fit their undeniably oafish, selfishly sadistic world view.