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ASM leadership weary of UWPD response to vote of No Confidence

Daily Cardinal

“In recent weeks, we’ve received many questions about UWPD’s practices, policies and procedures,” a UWPD webpage reads. “We’ve worked to compile information that addresses the most common themes we’ve heard from you, our community, as well as those we identified as relevant to the national conversation regarding policing.”

Tommy Thompson, Tavern League, restaurant leaders appeal to campus businesses to take precautions

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The heads of the University of Wisconsin System, the Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association sent an open letter to restaurant and bar owners Monday asking they take precautions to prevent COVID-19 spread as students start to return to campuses across the state.

UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson asked businesses to “help to encourage responsible behavior of our students,” alongside on-campus efforts to bring back a portion of some 170,000 students across 13 UW campuses.

Kenosha police shooting updates: Some Kenosha buildings are a total loss

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Protests in Wisconsin’s capital city started around 9 p.m., drawing out hundreds of protestors who were largely peaceful. The group marched up and down State Street and other streets near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, drawing students into their ranks, according to tweets from Emily Hamer, a reporter with the Wisconsin State Journal.

The mystery of the missing UW Sterling Hall bomber

Sun Prairie Star

It’s been called one of Madison’s greatest unfinished stories of the last half of the 20th century.

What happened to Leo Burt? Three of the four bombers of UW-Madison’s Sterling Hall in 1970, were caught and sent to federal prison. But Leo Burt, the fourth bomber, 22 years-old at the time, is still wanted by the FBI.

His whereabouts remain a mystery.

UWPD no longer posting WiscAlerts on Facebook


Police said another reason for the decision is because of the Facebook comments that often populate the WiscAlert posts. Officials said some of the responses tend to be “problematic and oftentimes create a hostile environment – especially for our underrepresented and marginalized community members.”

UWPD no longer posting WiscAlerts on Facebook


UWPD said one of the major reasons behind the change is that many of the WiscAlert messages don’t appear in chronological order due to Facebook’s algorithm, which can reduce the effectiveness of messages during emergencies. “This causes confusion for our community – users may see or share outdated information, or may never even see the initial emergency alert,” UWPD said in a post.

Public health officials shut down indoor service for bars in Madison following surge of cases

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At risk is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s plan to welcome students back to campus this fall. Jeff Pothof, University of Wisconsin Health chief quality and safety officer, said if local health officials don’t try to stop the spread of the virus in Dane County, in-person instruction could be called off. “If we’re unable to get on top of this current spike and it continues to accelerate, we may be in a position where it won’t make sense to be holding in-person classes,” he said. “It becomes a risk that most of us shouldn’t be taking with our children.”

Both the city and UW-Madison have similar orders in place to ensure people are distancing properly, which will be especially important come late August when the university’s 30,000 students return to campus. “We have been and will be working to ensure people are abiding by the campus order when they are on campus property,” Marc Lovicott of UW-Madison’s Police Department, said. “We have and will issue citations for blatant and/or multiple violations.”

Borsuk: On the education front, one way to move from anger to action would be to make sure all youngsters are proficient in reading

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: I read this past week an article in the New York University Review of Law and Social Change by McKenna Kohlenberg, a Milwaukee area native who is in the home stretch of getting both her law degree and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

It uses Madison as a case study in what Kohlenberg calls the “illiteracy-to-incarceration pipeline.” She cites research that 70% of adults who are incarcerated and 85% of juveniles who have been involved with the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate.

“Literacy strongly correlates with myriad social and economic outcomes, and children who are not proficient by the fourth grade are much more likely than their proficient peers to face a series of accumulating negative consequences,” Kohlenberg writes.

A Wauwatosa police officer is under investigation for his third fatal shooting in five years

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Mensah worked for less than two years at both the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department before he was hired by Wauwatosa police in January 2015.

Mensah was the subject of one citizen complaint while on the UW-Madison police force, but his supervisors determined he had acted appropriately. A student said Mensah unnecessarily drew his Taser when officers responded to break up fights at a fraternity’s dance party, records show. Mensah did not fire the Taser.

The complaint was not upheld after other officers and witnesses described the chaotic scene and the student who filed the complaint did not return voice messages. The phone number eventually was disconnected.

‘We gotta call out racism’: Milwaukee Muslim students lead march against police violence

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Last spring, Milwaukee teenagers Dana Sharqawi and Sumaya Abdi organized protests after mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand.

On Wednesday, they brought people together again at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee — this time to remember George Floyd and to protest police violence. They said they were guided by their Muslim faith.

“Our religion tells us that if one part of your body’s in pain, then the whole body’s in pain,” said Abdi, now 19 and a student at UW-Madison. “So if our black brothers and sisters are in pain, we’re in pain, too.”

Demonstrators Gather In Milwaukee To Protest George Floyd, Joel Acevedo Killings

Wisconsin Public Radio

Other law enforcement around the state have condemned the actions of officers involved in Floyd’s death, including University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman, president of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Roman said the action or inaction by officers was unjustifiable.