Over the past two weeks we’ve seen dozens and dozens of protestors in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda in Madison arrested for participating in the Solidarity Singers or sometimes for simply observing them. Although up to a hundred individuals have participated on any given day, usually about two dozen individuals are selected for arrest.
Now the question I have is: Who selects who gets arrested? Is there a plan? Are there directions on who to single out? Is someone pointing out certain individuals?
We’ve seen them arrest 80 year old women, retired clergy, 70 year old Viet Nam War vets, women on crutches and mothers with children. We’ve seen them mishandle American flags, collapsed participants with cardiac problems and an individual who fell on the steps. They place them in flexible hand cuffs and escort them downstairs and hold them, still cuffed, essentially until the sing along is over. Then they hand out their $200 fines for not having a permit. But who picks out those to be arrested?
Don’t the realize how bad it looks for 3 or 4 uniformed Capitol Police officers to be filmed dragging away quietly singing octogenarians? Or do they think they can intimidate the others by picking on the most vulnerable?
But, hell, if they really want to rile up their own core constituency, shouldn’t they pick out and arrest those union thugs in the AFSCME t-shirts or teamsters baseball caps?