I have a problem when the law is selectively enforced.
For months, I've seen anti-Scott Walker forces occupying overpasses on Milwaukee freeways, the "light brigades."
I was happy to hear that Scott Walker allies planned to show their support in a similar manner.
I wasn't aware that Walker supporters aren't allowed to do the same thing that Walker opponents do.
Milwaukee police hassled the supporters on Friday, claiming loitering.
From Wauwatosa Patch:
Group says Milwaukee police harassed them and ordered them to get off footbridge over I-94, while those holding Barrett signs were allowed to remain on another bridge.
A group of supporters of Gov. Scott Walker is claiming harassment by at least one Milwaukee police officer and preferential treatment for backers of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett after an incident Friday evening on an interstate highway footbridge.
During the incident, they said, a 16-year-old boy was singled out and handcuffed in front of his father, and held there until all the adults left the bridge.
A member of the group took a video showing that the police could not immediately come up with any reason for evicting them before eventually locating an ordinance against loitering.
But another video taken the next night by Barrett supporters on another Milwaukee bridge shows members of that group reading their legal grounds to Milwaukee officers and being allowed to stay.
The grassroots group of about 30 Walker supporters gathered at about 4 p.m. at the footbridge across Interstate 94 near North 72nd Street. Members planned to stand on the bridge with large pro-Walker signs until about 7 p.m.
Such events have been commonplace in recent elections. Mary Goodman, one woman who was present, said she had been at many such bridge rallies dating back to Walker's election as governor in November 2010.
What's more, she said, Barrett backers have been doing the same thing night after night leading up to Tuesday's recall election with no response from police.
This is BS.
There is a pattern of harassment here.
The case of Dave Willoughby, a Marine, is another instance of questionable law enforcement.
He was arrested at the Tom Barrett rally attended by Bill Clinton.
Willoughby gives his account of what happened.
Without being told what I had done, I was handcuffed and escorted off premise. Placed in a squad car and taken to a police station. I asked if I should have my rights read to me and was told “You’re not being arrested.” My personal property was taken from me, I was fingerprinted, mug shot taken and locked in a dark jail cell (lights off) still handcuffed.
I sat in that jail cell, looking out of a meshed wire window, at a large American flag flying in the background. Where am I? How can this be happening? What did I do wrong? I prayed for strength.
When I swore the oath to protect and defend the Constitution, I never realized until recently, how vulnerable our precious freedoms actually are.
I did nothing wrong. There were literally hundreds of cameras at this event. I challenge all media to find one shred of evidence, which would support the actions of the Milwaukee PD officers.
Does Mayor Barrett approve?
No free speech rights for Scott Walker supporters in Milwaukee.
This is very, very troubling.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and his Police Chief Ed Flynn have some explaining to do.
This recall election has been enlightening.
I've changed my opinion of Barrett. Now I'm beginning to wonder about Flynn.