Calls for changes to the Madison Police Department have been refueled by comments made by the mayor in which she empathized with officers working to control Black Lives Matter protests in the midst of a pandemic.
Activists across the country protesting police brutality are calling for police departments to be defunded. While proposals have varied, it generally means shifting funding from police — which typically consume the largest portion of a city's budget — to boost social programs.
A number of different groups across Wisconsin are organizing Black Lives Matter protests, and each have their own perspective about needs in their communities. Still, there are common themes to their requests.
Beverly Blietz said the adjustment to widowhood was hard, but because she could still drive and was mostly independent, she still felt like she had her freedom. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, that all changed.
Wisconsin has seen dozens of protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the state. Many policymakers are looking for ways to respond to the issues raised by protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.