‘We will stop you.’
“Dylan [Brogan], we know who you are and the Black leadership [of this protest] doesn’t want anyone to film,” said one of the protesters, who was white and wearing a mask and a hat. “We aren’t going to let you do it. We will stop you.”
The young men enforced the “no filming” demand by following me around and, at several points, trying to pry my phone out of my hand. Minutes later, the Forward statue was toppled and dragged into the street. …
Soon, the throng was on the move with the Heg statue in tow. It was dragged a half-mile on downtown streets to John Nolen Drive before being dumped into Lake Monona off the Machinery Row parking lot. A protester wearing ski goggles and a mask aggressively pushed me into a utility box as I, from 50 feet away, attempted to capture a chain of protesters with linked arms near the spot where the Heg statue was tossed into the lake.
“No fucking media,” said the protester, who was also white. “If you aren’t with us, you’re against us, asshole.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Now you know what it was like trying to report on Freedom Inc.’s takeover of the Madison school board.