Many Madison residents expressed frustration Wednesday afternoon over videos that surfaced online showing Madison police officers arresting 18-year-old Genele Laird Tuesday afternoon.
Lue Lueck, who co-owns Ritual Barbers near the Capitol, saw the video and said he was bothered by the amount of force the officers used while arresting Laird.
"It could have been a bad day for her. She could have been upset. They could have handled that much better," he said. "There's never a need to be that violent with someone."
Lueck, who is white, said he thought the encounter demonstrated larger issues regarding the way police officers are trained and said officers kneeing Laird and using a taser was excessive.
Madison resident Jenny Schienle, also white, said she was "shocked" when she first saw the video, although said she tried to not jump to conclusions about who was right or wrong, as the video footage doesn't show what led to the arrest.
Schienle described the Madison as a "somewhat racist community". She said the uproar over Laird's arrest could be a catalyst for the community members to recognize and address the city's problems with racial inequality.