30 to 50 block police from leaving station
Between 30 and 50 “protesters” prevented Madison police from leaving the South Madison precinct police station for calls Sunday night (07-26-2020) at around 7 p.m.
For almost two hours, protesters blocked the driveway with vehicles and refused to let officers leave the property at the end of their shift. Other officers trying to get in to work were not allowed in.
Captain Mike Hanson told the Werkes command staff made sure police were out of the station and staged elsewhere. “We were able to respond to 911 calls.”
An officer was sent out to parlay with the crowd “but the rest of the crowd shouted him down, wouldn’t let a normal conversation happen.
“It was a lot of yelling and screaming and vulgarities.”
Remarkably, there were no arrests! Captain Hanson said his crew allowed freedom of speech and arrests would have exacerbated tensions.
The south precinct station is located at Hughes Place, just off Badger Road between Park Street and Fish Hatchery Roads.
The action appears to have occurred almost simultaneously with protesters descended on District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s home. (More here.)
The We Support Madison Police website comments:
The notion that protesters can block access to a public police department is ridiculous.
Last word goes to We Support … “This type of behavior cannot continue to be tolerated in our community.”