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Madison Democrat calls for an end to Capitol protestor arrests


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison lawmaker says Capitol Police have to stop the senseless arrests of protestors.

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) held a news conference today with several attorneys to highlight the fact that none of the roughly 140 citations handed out to the Solidarity Singers since last September have been successfully prosecuted.  68 of the citations have already been dismissed.

Taylor said she also can't get any information about who initiated the crackdown.

"I was denied any correspondence I've requested between the Department of Administration and the Capitol Police," said Rep. Taylor.  "These are public documents that we have a right to see, that we have a right to know about and this administration is refusing to provide that information."

Also on Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) signed an emergency order redefining the rules for Capitol protestors.

Department of Administration Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis said it includes no new enforcement measures, but Rep. Taylor says it provides for a continuation of the current crackdown.

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