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Norman Aulabaugh: Veterans offended by arrest of Capitol singers

Norman Aulabaugh: Veterans offended by arrest of Capitol singers

Dear Editor: Just when you think it could not get more outrageous, it does. Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, was arrested by Capitol Police on Aug. 15 for taking pictures of people being arrested for singing at the state Capitol.

A week earlier, while attending the Veterans for Peace National Convention in Madison, I observed the singers at the Capitol. While I was standing at the rail of the first-floor balcony, three Capitol Police officers came up behind me and told me I would have to leave the building or I would be arrested. I was not singing; I was simply observing the singers.

Now I read how Gov. Scott Walker’s administration bypassed administrative procedures in granting double-digit raises to Capitol Police Chief David Erwin and Deputy Police Chief Dan Blackdeer. Walker grants pay raises to his enforcement thugs while trampling the rights and decreasing the pay of teachers and other public employees. Unbelievable.

Many of my fellow veterans at the convention were shocked at what they saw the police doing at the Capitol. For many veterans, who have fought for our freedoms, these happenings are terribly disturbing. How long before Walker begins dressing his police force in brown shirts?

Norman Aulabaugh


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