WPPA Releases Statement on Behalf of Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny

(MADISON, Wis.) – Following the decision by the insurance company for the city of Madison to settle the federal lawsuit filed against Police Officer Matt Kenny over the 2015 death of Tony Robinson, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer issued the following statement on Kenny’s behalf:

Given the fact that the tragic death of Tony Robinson was more exhaustively, independently, and transparently investigated than perhaps any officer-involved death in the history of Madison, we are extraordinarily disappointed that the city’s insurance company chose to make a business decision that was more concerned with the costs of litigation than the facts of the case.

Multiple investigations were conducted into this matter, and all of them confirmed that Matt’s actions on March … Continue reading

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