Girl kicks policeman in the groin
15 to 20 kids ages 11 and 12
Bookshelf topped, garbage strewn
From the Madison Police Department report:
Madison police were called to the Madison Public Library’s Lakeview Branch, 28455 North Sherman Ave., at 4:58 p.m. Monday after a group of loud juveniles refused a librarian’s request to leave the building.
The librarian later told police some in the group have caused issues several times, over the past week, inside the normally quiet branch. When officers arrived the juveniles, who numbered between 15 and 20, announced they did not have to leave, that they did not have to listen to police, and that police could not touch them.
Despite protestations, officers spent 10 minutes trying to dialogue with the young people, until trying to escort some out. During the process, one girl kicked over a trash can sending refuse materials across the library floor.
She then kicked a male officer in the groin who had grabbed her arm. Another juvenile kicked a chair which hit and toppled a bookshelf.
Throughout the disturbance, young people were yelling and swearing at the officers while several recorded everything on their cell phones. One young person displayed gang signs. Another took off his jacket and postured as if he wanted to fight one of the officers. This child also knocked over a trash can, kicked over a chair, and rifled a half-filled bottle of juice across the library.
“The crowed outnumbered the police. They were loud and frenzied,” wrote a detective in his report. An officer wrote, in another report, that they were met “with angry belligerence and outright refusal to comply with a lawful command.”
The North District Community Police Team was brought in to back up the original four officers who had been dispatched. In the end, five juveniles were given municipal citations for infractions like disorderly conduct, trespass after notification, and resisting. Officers explained what took place to the children’s parents as those cited were released to adults.
Commentary on social media
A Cherokee resident — This is what has been happening in our middle and high schools. There is a lack of respect for teachers and staff. Behavior incidents have doubled. When the kids get out of school, groups of them congregate in different locales creating disturbances, sometimes going place to place, creating more disturbances. Have seen this happen multiple times at McDonalds.
A Kennedy Heights resident — These incidents seem to be happening often at the library. My wife has witnessed them in the past and we don’t visit as often as we used to. There was another escalated incident last Thursday with a large group of kids about the same age. It’s sad but we won’t leave our kids alone at this library anymore. An 11 year old should be safe at the library but unfortunately, it’s not a safe place when this is happening. The group seems to be the same and if they are part of a program through the northside council it would make sense. They are loud and it’s clear they don’t respect rules or authority.
Westport resident — I saw and heard it too. Not sure what happened but I saw the police being incredibly kind and patient.
Sherman neighborhood resident — I’m sad to hear it was a NSPC program. You can’t expect the rest of the community to not feel safe at the library due to a program you are not able to control. Stop looking at the color of the kids skin…look at their behavior. We do a disservice to our youth when we have lower expectations of kids of color…they are not inferior. All kids are the same and should be treated the same and be held accountable for their actions.
Northside Planning Council plays the victim card
The Northside Planning Council became aware tonight (03-11-19) of an escalated incident involving middle school youth in one of our programs and the Madison Police Department. We know that one of the friends of our students was tackled by the officers, leaving her and her peers traumatized. We are reaching out to the students and their families to offer support and resources and to listen to them about what kind of response they would like to see. We recognize that regardless of the specifics of this incident, it falls within the broader context of the policing of communities of color, which is counter to our mission of fostering equity and improving the quality of life on the Northside.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: They shall hereby be known as the Northside Enablers Council.