wisconsin police say "we are workers, too"

Last night's news from Wisconsin was the best yet. Governor Scott Walker ordered the capitol building cleared of sleeping bags, saying he would close the building for the weekend. Police said: No.

The union representing Wisconsin's police officers issued this statement (click to enlarge):

Law enforcement officers know the difference between right and wrong, and Governor Walker's attempt to eliminate the collective voice of Wisconsin's devoted public employees is wrong. That is why we have stood with our fellow employees each day and why we will be sleeping among them tonight.

When police officers recognize that they have more in common with other workers than with the state whose edicts they are asked to carry out, we are really onto something. These cops are the civilian equivalent of war resisters. More power to them!


M@ said...

I don't know if you've seen this, but it shows the same attitudes on the part of the police: they are there for the citizens, not for those in power.

After the G20 (not to mention the Riot at the Hyatt, Montebello, etc.), Canadian citizens should be demanding as much from all their police forces.

laura k said...

I have seen that, M@: it's awesome, thanks for linking it here.

When you read those simple, common sense statements, you realize so clearly that this is how it should be in most instances.

It's almost shocking to consider that it could be like that.

The guiding principles - the philosophy, if you will - behind policing has to be completely rethought.

I nominate Toronto as the place to start.

(Which reminds me I have one final update on my own complaint. Will post.)

Amy said...

I am impressed. As someone who has been paranoid about the police ever since the 60s, I am so pleasantly surprised that the Wisconsin police have taken this position.