Madison Police Dept. concerned with statement from Walker prank call

Fallout continues following the release of the prank phone call involving Governor Walker. It concerns the moment where he discusses planting troublemakers in the crowd.

Walker said during the call “My only fear would be is if there was a ruckus caused is that would scare the public into thinking maybe the Governor's got to settle to…avoid all these problems."

Thursday, Madison's Police Chief Noble Wray wants answers from the governor. Wray sent out a statement Thursday which reads in part, "I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers. Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising...their first amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely. I am concerned that anyone would try to undermine these relationships."

Here is Madison Police Department’s statement in full:

"The men and the women of the Madison Police Department train for crowd situations where an agitator or provocateur may try to create safety risks for citizens and officers. During the demonstration around the Capitol Square no such situation has arisen. Crowd behavior has been exemplary, and thousands of Wisconsin citizens are to be commended for the peaceful ways in which they have expressed First Amendment rights."

Chief Noble Wray would like to add the following to our response: " I spent a good deal of time overnight thinking about Governor Walker's response, during his news conference yesterday, to the suggestion that his administration 'thought about' planting troublemakers among those who are peacefully protesting his bill. I would like to hear more of an explanation from Governor Walker as to what exactly was being considered, and to what degree it was discussed by his cabinet members. I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers. Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising their First Amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely. I am concerned that anyone would try to undermine these relationships. I have a responsibility to the community, and to the men and women of this department - who are working long hours protecting and serving this community - to find out more about what was being considered by state leaders."
Noble Wray

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  • by Dave Location: Bloomer on Feb 27, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    A Question for the learned in Law: Is it necessary for a crime to actually occur for one to be charged Or convicted with Conspiracy to Commit a Crime? 'We considered planting trouble makers' *My Words*: we considered inciting a Riot.
  • by Daryl Location: Prairie Farm on Feb 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM
    Isn't recording a phone call illegal .And the signs the protesters have. Sara Paillen was the blame for the shooting in Arizona What are the teachers thinking. Prairie Farm teachers what an embarassing joke teaching our children to lie to get out of school. I hope open enrolment is going great
  • by give it up chief Location: Altoona on Feb 25, 2011 at 11:30 PM
    Big deal the Chief is concerned. I bet he is a big union lover and is making this dumb comment just to get attention. If he and the teachers would re-read what Walker actually said they will know it was blown out of proportion. What else is new the Democrats,Unions and Teachers are trying whatever they can to keep their collective bargaining. I smell a rat and we all know the union loves rats.
  • by J Location: Eau Claire on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    This chief of police is a union thug. He is being unprofessionally political in response to the prank call. It's obvious he is trying to make something from nothing. Wray is just as bad as the idiot sheriff from Tuscon.
  • by global mamma Location: Sawyer Cty on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    Anyone who can actually "comprehend" english knows Gov. Walker said he "fears" violence, he did NOT say he "wanted" it. It has been my long experience with Liberals that their gov. education has failed them miserably, they don't comprehend what they read! I voted for Gov. Walker and he is doing a terrific job. I am proud to call him my Governor, he has strength and resolve. He knows what he is doing is right and he won't let threats or childish criticism hold him back. Thank you so much Gov. Walker, the majority of Wisconsinites back you 100% and we don't pay ANY attention to BUSLOADS OF OUT-OF-STATERS OR LITTLE CHILDREN OFF YELLOW BUSES WHO NEVER PAID ANY TAXES YET. The TAXPAYERS OF WISCONSIN LOVE YOU GOV. WALKER, KEEP STRONG AND MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND YOURS AND YOUR STAFF!!! "Madison" Police Chief="Liberal" Police Chief="LIAR"!
  • by Bill? Location: EC on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    TO Mark, If you really think all people in the unions make more money than you why didnn't you apply? I assure you the only real benifit "I" receive is job security and a "voice about my future." If total control is given to state and local officials, I can be cut at any time and I guess I would receive unemployment checks and ice fish every day just like the thousands of others in the state on a yearly basis. Apparently pushing citizens to suck the life out of state while sitting on a bucket is the WI way! Silly me I always thought working har for a living and having self respect was the AMERICAN WAY !!! I hope the crappies bite soon so I supplement my unemployment check! Maybe the DNR will increase the daily bag limit? I'll have one for you while you are at work making that $50. I"ll take half and you won't even know it!!
  • by Kevin Location: Burlington, Vt on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    Deja Vu all over again with a twist: During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago there were thousands of peaceful demonstrators for peace candidates for nomination. The Chicago Police crowd control measures involved billy clubs, horses and dragging and beating those who peacefully exercised their 1st amendment rights. With a Freudian slip, Major Richard Daley announced at a news conference that " the police were not there to create disorder but to preserve disorder". In this Wisconsin moment in the course of events, Gov Walker seems to have been contemplating that action himself; he is here to preserve disorder in order to surreptitiously discredit the peaceful demonstrators and public employees!
  • by Grow up! on Feb 25, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Unbelievable. The attempt to bait and eploit the Govenor into saying something (instead he remained consistent with his message)fails, and now Chief is trying to put some negative spin on the failed attempt. Put on your big boy pants and get back to work chief!
  • by You're confused Chief on Feb 25, 2011 at 03:25 AM
    Boy Chief you really had to work long and hard to find a sttement during that "phone prank" that you could attempt to twist into something it wasn't! In all reality Gov Walker remained consistent to what he has said all along. It was actually his opponents who came out looking bad with the use of another underhanded, immature and unfounded attempt to undermine an important and necesary effort to keep the state above water. The hard and nececesary decisions are not always the easy ones! I applaud the Govenor's willingness to do what has to be done.
  • by citizen Location: rusk co on Feb 25, 2011 at 02:30 AM
    What a bunch of easily manipulated sheeple. Check out the Madison police chiefs back ground and you all should this is union thuggery to herd blind people against governor Walker. Governor Walkers words are being manipulated into something they are not by the thought police.LIEING is the work of the devil as in the Koch impersonater and teachers calling in sick. Why is there no one upset when a democrat lawmaker from [Capauno] Mass. calls for blood to promote the union socialist agenda in Wisconsin? Thank God Governor Walker is standing firm in putting the poor taxpayers intrests first. The Walker Bill will pass because people are fed up with the unions thugs who have broke many businesses and governments by unjust demands to the promote their socialist agenda.
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