WPPA Statement on Behalf of Madison Officers Found Justified in High-Profile June Arrest at East Towne Mall

September 1, 2016

(MADISON, Wis.) – Following today’s announcement that Madison Police Officers Richard Friday and Andrew Muir acted appropriately in the June 21 arrest of Genele Laird, Jim Palmer, the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) and the officers’ attorney, issued the following statement:

“The extraordinary and exhaustive reviews conducted by three separate agencies have all independently determined that the actions of Officers Friday and Muir were appropriate under the circumstances and in accordance with the law, departmental policies, and state training standards governing the use of force.  While we are sensitive to those who have expressed concerns regarding this incident, and we respect their right to do so, we encourage anyone and everyone to read for themselves the … Continue reading

WPPA Statement Regarding Violent Unrest in Milwaukee

August 15, 2016

[MADISON] – In the aftermath of a weekend of violent unrest following an officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee, the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), Jim Palmer, issued the following statement:

We are deeply troubled and saddened by the events that followed an officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee. The violence that ensued, which resulted in additional injuries to both law enforcement and civilians alike, was inexcusable, especially while an independent and transparent investigation into the officer-related death is underway.

The issues surrounding policing in America and the inequities that exist within our society are extraordinarily complex.  Far too many people do not appreciate that law enforcement is not the sole or root cause of those pervasive … Continue reading

WPPA Statement Regarding Protest at its Headquarters

July 21, 2016

[Madison, Wis.] – In advance of a “National Day of Action for Black Lives” protest at the headquarters of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), the police group’s executive director, Jim Palmer, issued the following statement:

The WPPA fully respects and supports the inalienable right of all Americans to engage in free speech. The ability to exchange diverse and opposing views can help the public become more informed and the government more representative of the people it serves. Regardless of the views expressed by others, the WPPA and the dedicated men and women of law enforcement that it represents will staunchly defend the free expression afforded by our Constitution.

In that vein, it is disappointing … Continue reading

WPPA & Operating Engineers Join Forces to Launch ‘Safer Communities’ Radio & Billboard Campaign

March 1, 2016

(Madison, Wis.) – A dramatic majority of Wisconsin residents of all ages, ethnicity and community size say they value safe communities, a recent statewide poll found. In fact, 78 percent made it their top priority over improving education, protecting the environment and improving the local economy. The poll was commissioned by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Operating Engineers of Wisconsin.

The organizations are unveiling today a statewide advertising campaign and public outreach effort to demonstrate their commitment to Wisconsin residents and safe communities.

“We build safer communities,” said Terry McGowan, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, “and police protect them. We … Continue reading