The elegantly named Madison, Wisconsin police chief Noble Wray has listened to the David Koch impersonator's prank call with Gov. Scott Walker re: smushin' up unions, and he has a few questions! Namely: What "trouble" did Walker think about planting in the crowds of protesters before backing off for practical considerations?
"KOCH": What we were thinking about the crowds, was planting some trouble makers?
WALKER: Well, the only problem, because we thought about that, my only gut reaction to that would be, right now, the lawmakers I've talked to have just completely had it with them. The public is not really fond of this. The teachers union did some polling and focus groups, I think, and found out that the public turned on them the minute they closed school down for a couple days. The guys we have left are largely from out of state, and I keep dismissing it in my press comment saying, 'eh, they're mostly from out of state.'"
Plenty if not all politicians probably blow their donors like this. A rich donor says, "Did you beat the opposition with rubber hoses and guns? I want more money!" And the politician just says, "Uh, yeah, maybe we'll do that later, daddy..." But Scott Walker said it on a recorded telephone conversation! That sucks for him, because now Chief Wray is upset. And Sconnies know all too well what happens when Noble fuckin' Wray gets upset. He... asks questions, we guess. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wray said he was disturbed that Walker thought about planting troublemakers among peaceful protesters.
"I would like to hear more of an explanation from Governor Walker as to what exactly was being considered, and to what degree it was discussed by his cabinet members. I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers," the chief said.
"Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising their First Amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely. I am concerned that anyone would try to undermine these relationships. I have a responsibility to the community, and to the men and women of this department - who are working long hours protecting and serving this community – to find out more about what was being considered by state leaders."
Bring on the police coup, why not?
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