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"Madison-area attorney members of the National Lawyers Guild remind Wisconsinites, Capitol Police Chief David Erwin, and the Wisconsin state Department of Administration that our State Capitol Building is a constitutionally protected public forum for protest. Chief Erwin, who has threatened to enforce recent changes in state facilities access policies, will be infringing the rights of individuals to protest and petition their government."
"Attorneys affiliated with the Madison National Lawyers Guild stand ready to defend anyone who suffers arrest as the result of over-zealous enforcement of the Capitol access policy"
Chief Erwin who replaced former Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs, has a different more militant approach in running the Capitol Police force and dealing with protesters, but regardless of what he thinks or feels, his opinions of how things should run in the capitol do not trump the US Constitution or the Wisconsin Constitution. Furthermore, by his blatant disregard of both the State and Federal Constitution, which he and the rest of the police force are sworn to uphold, it appears that he is violating his sworn oath of office by clearly abridging the citizens Constitutionally Protected right to free speech and right to assemble.
It is this authors opinion that Chief Erwin and crew at the Capitol are treading on thin ice already, and that the tickets they are issuing do not hold the merit of being upheld compared to; say if
a Class Action formal complaint was filed from the protesters against the Capitol Police and Chief Erwin, for violating their sworn oath they took when having the privilege to wear a badge and became Officer's of the Law.
The only way I could possibly see a Judge uphold any sanctions leveled against the protesters is if the Judge happens to be a "activist Judge" working on the side of Gov.Walker rather than the side of justice-which is not hard believe with the political stench of the Walker Administration that still reeks across in Wisconsin and throughout the Capitol Building.
Stay tuned as this is FAR from over...
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