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