Milwaukee police officers in riot gear wrongfully arrested two men for no legitimate reason. Unfortunately for the officers, the men they arrested had the means to demand their rights and were released. The men were Jarrett English, an organizer at the ACLU of Wisconsin, and State Representative Jonathan Brostoff.
Emilio De Torre of the ACLU reports that at about 9:30 p.m., a handful of people, including Mr. English and Rep. Brostoff, stood on the northeast corner of Sherman Boulevard and Auer Avenue, observing a large contingent of police officers who had blocked off Auer on the west side of Sherman. The street has been the gathering place for community members since the fatal police shooting of Sylville Smith on August 13.
The police officers, as has become expected of Milwaukee cops, showed no respect for their fellow humans that were not breaking any laws and treated them worse than animals. These are the type of actions, and they have been happening for decades, that people are sick and tired of. This is why people are protesting!
Numerous officers then forcibly arrested Mr. English as he was walking away exactly as police ordered him to do. He was handcuffed, forced to the ground, involuntarily searched, and placed in a police van with Rep. Brostoff. After officials became aware that they had arrested a state legislator, the two were released without charges.
When I had the chance of speaking with Jarrett, he told me this:
“The situation was confusing, because I really did not know what I was being arrested for. It was embarrassing and dehumanizing, and I did not feel that I was being treated with the dignity and respect that should be afforded any individual. But I was mostly thinking about all of the young people this happens to every day who don’t have anyone to call to get free. We cannot continue doing this to our people. It has to stop.”
De Torre continues, “The Milwaukee Police Department has once again demonstrated its preference for occupation, excessive force, and belligerence over genuine engagement, civil dialog, and de-escalation. People have a right to stand on a street corner – to observe and record the police, as Jarrett was doing, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, rather than protecting people and their rights, law enforcement in this community all too often engages in the sort of destructive behavior to which Jarrett and Jonathan were subjected to last night.”
NO ONE deserves to be treated like this, but this time, the cops illegally abused people who were in a position to insist on their rights. Most people aren’t so lucky. Most people just have to take the abuse and get beaten and treated worse if they try to stand up for their rights as American citizens.
We cannot continue to let the cops get away with treating people like this. We are all humans and deserve respect. These police officers need punished for their misuse of authority-that is JUSTICE! This has been going on for WAY too long! Contact the Milwaukee PD at 414-933-4444 to let them know what you think of their inappropriate behavior.
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)