Welcome to Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, where his Capitol Police brutalize 71 year-old activists simply for exercising their rights.
Ann Fleischli said she was collecting signatures on the Capitol Square during the Dane County Farmers’ Market on Saturday when Officer Michael Syphard arrested her. Syphard took her into an office in the state Capitol, Fleischli said, and twice shoved her into a chair while she was handcuffed, leaving her with a bleeding cut that had to be bandaged with gauze. Fleischli filed a complaint on Monday with Capitol Police, accusing Syphard of “brutal and violent” conduct.
Perhaps more disconcerting that Officer Michael Syphard’s alleged violence against Ann Fleischli is the fact that according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program (CCAP) he has an open criminal case for misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct and felony Intimidate Victim/Use or Attempt Force, as well as a prior deferred prosecution for Disorderly Conduct.