For those who attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the police department states the university’s Dean of Students will be working with officers to make sure any offending students would be held accountable for their actions.
UWPD claims ASM chair has changed stance since meeting with UWPD.
Column authored by Sue Riseling, associate vice chancellor and UW chief of police, 1991-2016.
West Dayton Street was alive with the sounds of cowbells and ratchets in harmony with people chanting “Cops off campus” on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 9.
A University of Wisconsin-Madison student was arrested Tuesday after a violent altercation at a residence hall. According to UW-Madison police, Roberto C. Antunez Perez, 18, and another student were in the midst of a “disagreement” when Antunez Perez hit the victim, held her down and strangled her.
“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.”
In a letter sent to downtown apartment buildings, Madison Police Department Acting Chief Victor Wahl said students attending gatherings may be fined a minimum of $376 for “permit[ting] a health nuisance.”
A contentious debate preceding the vote split members of the Associated Students of Madison’s student council, which ultimately passed the declaration with nine members in favor and five opposed. Nine others abstained.
UW-Madison’s student government on Tuesday declared it has “no confidence” in the university’s police force because the department helped Madison police during protests over the summer.
Samuel Jorudd, the member of ASM that originally brought the vote forward, said “We have given a voice to those who have fought too long to be heard, and I’m looking forward to working with UWPD on how to renew trust between them and students.”
The College Republicans of the University of Wisconsin-Madison put out a statement Tuesday in support of UWPD.
No confidence vote signifies distrust in UWPD, call to reform, ASM rep. says.
“It is an effort to be visible and educate students about public health guidance,” Lovicott said. “Also reminding students about the public health guidelines and the directive that is in place.”
UW-Madison’s student government may soon declare it has “no-confidence” in the university’s police force because the department assisted city police during protests over the summer.
The Dane County Jail record for Englert also lists a tentative graffiti charge submitted by UW-Madison Police.
A university spokesperson tells 27 News that officials believe the gathering did not take place in a campus residence hall. The caption in the video reads “Covid dorms”The university is now working to identify the students involved and will be pursuing the appropriate disciplinary action.
APrairie du Sac man treated for an overdose was arrested after barricading himself in a restroom while armed with a knife on Saturday night at University Hospital, police reported.
The footage shows the suspect walking at 4:40 a.m. in the 700 block of State Street, according to an incident report. Police continued saying the University Book Store and St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center were sprayed with black paint and had similar words on them.
Man was arrested for felony possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation hold.
The university was alerted to the incident after receiving a report Thursday. The graffiti was spray-painted on a number of buildings in the Library Mall area of campus, including the University Book Store, Extension Building and several city and privately owned properties.
Two buildings on the Library Mall of University of Wisconsin- Madison’s campus were spray painted with racist graffiti.
Graduate students at other schools, including Marquette and Boston universities and the University of Wisconsin, have lodged similar complaints about feeling pressured or being required to teach in person.
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.
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.
UW-Madison students and employees face a sweeping new process to report sexual misconduct on campus under rules that narrow the definition of harassment and bolster protections for the accused.
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.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously approved emergency rules Wednesday to comply with new federal regulations on sexual assault and harassment, which will be effective Aug. 14 pending the governor’s approval.
In response to an anonymous post on a student-run social media page, University of Wisconsin’s Health Services will explore alternative options to police hospital transportation.
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted Monday to approve emergency rule changes ensuring compliance with the federal government’s new regulations regarding sexual discrimination and misconduct.
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 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.
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.”
According to a tweet, the robbery happened at University Avenue and Lake Street.
Quoted: “Wisconsin has the most roundabouts of any state on its state highway system,” said Andrea Bill, a traffic safety engineer and researcher at the University of Wisconsin’s Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory.
According to a letter sent to students, faculty and staff in the Wisconsin School of Business, the university was alerted of the graffiti at the entrance at University Avenue and Park Street on Thursday.
It was on a column at the entrance of University Avenue and Park Street.
“The Wisconsin School of Business and University of Wisconsin–Madison condemn the use of this hateful symbol. We value a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully as students and employees. This includes feeling safe, welcomed, valued, and supported,” according to a release.
“Speaking as a female who walks this street many times a day, I think it’s terrifying and very sad and disappointing,” Clarissa Keller, UW-Madison Graduate said.
Investigators say the assault happened shortly after 7 a.m. near the Fluno Center, in the 600 block of University Ave. Wade allegedly pushed the woman into a nearby grassy area where the attack occurred. Several minutes into the assault, according to police, a passerby spotted what was happening and called police.
According to an incident report, officers responded around 7:00 a.m. to the 600 Block of University Avenue.
Officers said they saw the suspect and the victim in the area and the suspect was taken into custody with help from a K-9 unit.
UWPD Director of Communications Marc Lovicott said while UWPD wouldn’t support the disbandment of their police force, they are open to discussion and on how they can improve. UWPD released a resource with answers to questions from the community and an action plan for change based on community feedback.
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.
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.
Max Prestigiacomo, a campus-area alder and 18-year-old UW student, conceded that the concept is “pretty vague,” but he’s fully on board. He vows to vote against any increase in police funding, and will actively work to “demilitarize” the police department.
UW-Madison students, including some indoors behind closed windows, endured symptoms of tear gas exposure and witnessed destruction as demonstrators took to State Street last Saturday to protest the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis on the previous Monday.
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.”
According to officers, Juan Cardenas was driving down the 500 block of State Street to the 700 block just after 10 p.m. when he crashed into the wall of Bascom Hill.
Madison police say two people trying to stop property damage and looting on State Street suffered significant injuries after being beaten by a group of people.
Protests resumed across Wisconsin for a third straight day Monday, with marchers stopping traffic in downtown Madison after a night of violence in the capital city that resulted in 15 arrests, more damages to businesses and the spraying of tear gas by police.
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.
After 2 a.m. Sunday, University of Wisconsin-Madison police tweeted the situation on State Street had “stabilized,” but said a significant law enforcement presence remained and encouraged people to avoid the area.
For the second day, a Madison protest against police violence against black people led to tense confrontations between activists and officers downtown. After a lengthy march, protesters engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with authorities that stretched past midnight.
Noted: The problems were concentrated along State Street, the normally thriving pedestrian avenue that connects the state Capitol to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Protesters broke out the windows of Urban Outfitters, an art museum’s gift shop, Ragstock, AT&T and other stores.
For the second time in as many days, clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators erupted as protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody earlier this week wound down.
The town hall included UW Police Chief Kristen Roman, Fitchburg Police Chief Chad Brecklin, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Madison Police Chief Victor Wahl, Sun Prairie Police Chief Michael Steffes, Middleton Police Chief Troy Hellenbrand and Dane County mother Jaquelyn Hunt.
UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman wrote that the officers’ actions in Minneapolis were “heinous and unacceptable.”
“Regardless of further information that may be discovered in this case, nothing can justify the actions or inactions of these officers,” Kristen Roman wrote in a statement released Thursday morning. “If someone calls for help, it is our duty to help.”
UW-Madison Police Chief Kristin Roman said ensuring diverse officers have a chance to succeed is also crucial. “Once you get diverse candidates within an organization, you need a mechanism and processes and structures in place to support that diversity,” Roman said.
UW Police Chief Roman said the Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration have done great work to address trust gaps in Dane County in the aftermath of the 2014 Ferguson Unrest.