Exclusive: Troopers would ‘absolutely’ use force on Wisc. protesters if ordered, police union president tells Raw Story
But: 'That would not be something I recognize as the United States of America,' state patrol inspector adds
Amid the largest protests Madison, Wisconsin has seen in decades, newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker last week issued a stark message to public labor unions occupying the capitol building: we have options, and using the National Guard against protesters is among them.
Since then, a myrad of rumors have circulated through crowds gathered at the state capitol, united in protest of a bill that would strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. One rumor, which had not yet come to pass, even suggested that like Egypt's former dictator did in Tahrir Square, Gov. Walker may call in police to forcibly clear out the capitol.
And according to a Wisconsin police union president, whether the police agree or disagree with their governor's politics, they would "absolutely" carry out any order given to them ... even if that order included using force against their fellow Americans gathered in peaceful protest.
That's the message from Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) executive board president Tracy Fuller, who's organization recently issued a statement condemning the governor's attempt to strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. Fuller is also a Wisconsin State Patrol inspector.
"This bill has some provisions that make no sense, unless the basic intent is to bust unions," he recently wrote, in a post found on the WLEA website...
We must pray that it does not come to what it has come to in other nations:
This is not about unions or teachers or public versus private.
This is about a government and banking system that sees the solution to all their self-inflicted problems as taking away something from Americans. Taking away high-paying jobs, taking away homes, taking away credit, taking away education, taking away freedom of speech, taking away privacy, and now taking away collective bargaining. Always the mantra from government and the banks remains the same, "You must make do with less, so that we may have more!" And every time the American people make do with less, to give the bankers and government more, the bankers and government, encouraged by their success, simply demand more "sacrifice."
The people of Wisconsin have drawn a line in the sand not just for teachers and not just for public workers, but for all Americans who have watched the proceeds of a lifetime of work looted to pay for Wall Street excess, the war machine, and obeisance to Israel. The people of Wisconsin, as should the entire nation, are saying, "Enough is enough. We will surrender no more. We have been pushed to edge of starvation and poverty to where fighting back is the only option that makes any sense at all."