As the gentle reader is fully aware, for two and a half years, a loose group of people would gather at the state capitol every workday at noon to sing songs of solidarity. For two and a half years, this has occurred without incident.
Then, a few months ago, the new commandant of the capitol cops, Dave Erwin, got a very large raise, even though it was done through unethical means.
Suddenly - in what is surely coincidental timing with Scott Walker revving up his campaigns - arrests started happening. Dear Leader could not be made to look bad by having some discontents breaking up the day singing about such frivolities such as equality and solidarity and unions and respect.
So Kapitol Kop Kommandant Erwin started the arrest. He arrested grannies. He arrested vets. He arrested children. He arrested ACLU members. He arrested mothers. He arrested firefighters.
But the singers remained unintimidated. In fact, not only did singers keep coming to the capitol, they came in greater and greater numbers. And as their numbers and their resilience grew, so did the national attention.
Now Erwin and his jackboots have taken it to an even lower, more reprehensible level. They have started using violence.
As most rational people would agree, the use of force against someone for singing - especially when the law actually would call for the issue of a citation - is absurd. But it's not even that good. They are physically attacking observers. Note the man's camera in his hand before the cops jump him:
In this video by Rebecca Kemble, one can see the cops needlessly using compliance holds against another peaceful person:
Did you notice something else about the two men being physically accosted?
They are both black.
That's apparently just too much uppitiness for Walker and Erwin to handle.
As Walker gets more desperate to be president, how long do you think it will take for him to build gulags, er, private prisons, to hold all these scofflaws that think they still have rights?
Walker might think he is unintimidated. But in reality, he and his pet police chief are merely unacceptable and unmitigated fascists.