They’re pulling down statues.
“Why hasn’t Capitol Police intervened?’
Matt Kittle at Empower Wisconsin assesses communications between Democrat(ic) WI Gov. Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Satya’s staff (Progressive Dane) the night of June 23-24 when all hell broke loose on Capitol Square.
At 12:53 a.m., [Evers chief of staff Maggie] Gau sent a shot of a tweet from Wisconsin State Journal’s Emily Hamer who reported, “There’s been no visible police presence around the crowd so far tonight.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Molly Beck was having a hard time getting a hold of Evers’ communications staff. At 10:50 p.m., Beck sent a text to Melissa Baldauff and Britt Cudaback.
“Hey, sorry to bug you both so late. Looks like protesters have removed the Forward statue from the State Street side of the Capitol. Are Capitol PD planning to reinstall the statue or protect it in some way? Thanks,” Beck wrote.
Her text messages grew increasingly pointed. “The Col. Heg statue was thrown in a Lake. Why hasn’t Capitol Police intervened? Thanks,” she wrote to Evers’ spokespersons.
“Are Capitol Police planning to intervene in the event tonight? The Forward statue is being dragged away.”
No answer, at least according to the texts contained in the records sent to RPW.
It’s not like the protests that night — and the potential for them to turn destructive — came as a surprise to anyone in state and local government. Radical leftist groups like Freedom Inc. and Urban Triage filled up Facebook pages with plans to take to the streets after police earlier in the day took Devonere Johnson into custody. The 28-year-old Johnson was arrested after walking into a Capitol Square restaurant with a baseball bat and a bullhorn. He faces extortion and other felony charges in federal court.