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September 19, 2022
Attorney General Candidate Eric Toney Calls on Madison City Council to Abandon Proposed Ordinance ahead of Tuesday’s Meeting in the Interest of Public Safety
In the wake of the riots that destroyed landmarks at the Capitol and looters who raided State Street businesses, Madison City Council considers banning tools police have to stop these criminals and keep our communities and businesses safe.
MADISON, Wis. – Earlier this afternoon, candidate for Attorney General Eric Toney, slammed the creation of Section 5.17 of the Madison General Ordinances because the ordinance will hinder responding police agencies’ ability to keep people safe and protect businesses and property in Madison if called for mutual aid.

Toney released the following statement:

“The Madison City Council must abandon this ordinance because it ties the hands of law enforcement – making residents, community members, and peaceful protestors, less safe. Wisconsin sheriffs have rejected this ordinance and said they will not send mutual aid to Madison if it passes.

“We want people to be able to peacefully assemble, but we want to make sure they are safe and that law enforcement has the ability to respond – while avoiding destruction like we saw in Madison in 2020.

“The Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association also oppose this ordinance. As members of law enforcement, they know that to prevent the mass rioting, looting, and tearing down of statues we saw in Madison in 2020, we need to ensure officers have the necessary tools to police effectively.”

Toney was joined today by candidate for Dane County Sheriff Anthony Hamilton, Dane County Board Supervisor Jeff Weigand, and Jeff Twing of the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police. The press conference can be viewed here.

The Madison City Council is meeting to discuss this ordinance tomorrow evening, September 20th.

District Attorney Eric Toney is endorsed by over 100 Sheriffs, District Attorneys, and Police Chiefs, and has been unanimously endorsed by the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, the Milwaukee Police Association, the Racine Police Association, and the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization.

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