Madison Police Chief Noble Wray has publicly asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to explain himself after the public release of a phone conversation between Walker and a blogger who was impersonating David Koch. Police Chief Wray was troubled to learn that to Governor would consider planting troublemakers among a crowd of peaceful protesters. Here are the Police Chiefs comments, via the Madison Capitol Times:
“I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers. Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising their First Amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely.
“I am concerned that anyone would try to undermine these relationships. I have a responsibility to the community, and to the men and women of this department — who are working long hours protecting and serving this community — to find out more about what was being considered by state leaders.”
That the governor considered sending in thugs to create violence among his own citizens is a bit shocking from a public safety perspective. The Madison Police Chief seems to agree.