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Saturday, December 20, 2014

No freedom of speech or assembly in Wisconsin

70 Year Old Vietnam Vet Injured By Scott Walker Stormtroopers While Arrested For Singing In WI (VIDEO)

As reported by Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperativelongtime Madison peace activist Will Williams, 70, was arrested for singing over the noon hour at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Thursday.  He fell on his back on a marble staircase en route to the basement police processing center while escorted by four Capitol police officers.  In a move that defied the most basic first-aid principle of not moving someone who has a potential back injury, officers spent several minutes helping the Vietnam vet to his feet on the slippery staircase, while Williams was still in handcuffs.

As Williams was being led to the elevator in obvious pain, he looked Capitol Police Lieutenant Bob Sloey in the eye and told him,

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“If you had left your damn blood in Vietnam you’d be  standing up for rights too instead of this bullshit.”

Will Williams was featured in the award-winning documentary “The Good Soldier” which explores the personal dimensions of war as experienced by the soldiers themselves. …

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Will Williams Falls While In Police Custody At WI Capitol 

August 2, 2013  by Leslie Amsterdam and Rebecca Kemble

Longtime Madison peace activist Will Williams, 70, was arrested for singing over the noon hour at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Thursday.  He fell on his back on a marble staircase en route to the basement police processing center while escorted by four Capitol police officers.  In a move that defied the most basic first-aid principle of not moving someone who has a potential back injury, officers spent several minutes helping the Vietnam vet to his feet on the slippery staircase, while Williams was still in handcuffs.

Eventually he was assisted to an elevator where he was moved to the basement processing area.  An ambulance then transported him to the local VA hospital for treatment.  He returned home to rest later that afternoon.

As Williams was being led to the elevator in obvious pain, he looked Capitol Police Lieutenant Bob Sloey in the eye and told him, “If you had left your damn blood in Vietnam you’d be  standing up for rights too instead of this bullshit.”

This episode marks the third time that an ambulance has transported an individual from the Capitol to a local hospital during the noon hour of singing protests and resulting arrests of dissenters, and the second time that the person transported suffered a medical emergency while in custody. …

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Singing Can Get You Arrested in Wisconsin 

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If you have a song in your heart, better stay clear of Wisconsin’s Capitol: you’re liable to be led off in handcuffs. This past week over the course of a few days, more than 100 people were arrested and cited for daring to sing protest songs in the state’s government building.

Rather than arresting participants for singing out of key, police officers charged them for merely gathering in the building in the first place. Despite seemingly glaringly unconstitutional, Governor Scott Walker has endorsed new laws designed to discourage protesting. The motivation is obvious: Walker would prefer to screw over his constituents in peace instead of having to hear from the people whose lives he’s ruined.

Although protesters have gathered in the Capitol daily for noon sing-alongs for over two years, this assembly is technically “illegal.” Thanks to Walker’s rules, groups of four or more need a permit to assemble in the building. Agreeing that it seemed unconstitutional, a U.S. District Judge bumped the number of people required to obtain a permit to 20 early in July. Of course, it seems a little arbitrary to declare it unconstitutional to restrict five people’s free speech, but throw out the rules when 25 people come together. As such, that matter will be looked at in a trial scheduled for next year. …

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