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Crime and Courts: GOP proposes to stiff Madison, Dane County, for protest work

Crime and Courts: GOP proposes to stiff Madison, Dane County, for protest work

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Partisan politics were on display Wednesday at a Joint Finance Committee meeting as a group of Republicans urged scrutiny in considering reimbursements to Dane County and the city of Madison for police protection during the Capitol protests earlier this year.

"I hope you're aware that the mayor of Madison clearly would have preferred his police officers to stay on the other side of the (Capitol) Square," Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, was quoted as saying in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story.

Joint Finance Committee Co-chairman Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said there are "legitimate concerns about actions of individual officers."

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, whose officers maintained a regular presence during the GOP-inspired insurrection, told the Journal Sentinel that questions about his department's conduct during the protests constitute "almost a slap in the face."

And Rep. Tamara Grigsby, D-Milwaukee, was quick to point out the irony of GOP proposals to stiff Madison and Dane County police.  

"It's an insult to the very individuals who protected you more than anything," she said. "They escorted you; they didn't escort us."