THE POLICE RESPONSE TO PROTESTS IN FERGUSON HAS RECEIVED
AND MUCH OF IT NEGATIVE.
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CRITICS SAY THE SCENE LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF
A WAR ZONE, WITH OFFICERS USING TANKS AND COMBAT ARMOR.
NEWS 3'S LEAH LINSCHEID JOINS US LIVE WITH REACTION
FROM THE MADISON POLICE DEPARMTMENT, ?LEAH?
MADISON OFFICERS HAVE MUCH OF THE SAME COMBAT EQUIPMENT
AT THEIR DISPOSAL AS FERGUSON POLICE - BUT THE POLICE
CHIEF SAYS HERE, IT'S NOT THE FIRST STRATEGY THEY
Watching the events in Ferguson unfold hundreds of
miles away, Madison Police Chief Michael Koval says
there are lessons to be learned for law enforcement.
These are those teachable moments that we should all
take some stock from.
Here in Madison, the steps to avoid similar situations
are put in place years in advance.
Koval says every day, officers are trained to create
relationships with residents on the city streets.
We encourage them to get out of squad car, humanize
themselves to others, walk through the food carts
shoot a few hoops at basketball court - let them see
the individual person that emerge out of the badge.
It's a more humane approach that could help in heated
You don't show up in hard gear with riot gear and
a facial visor - you show up in soft gear" 3510 "That
way, I think you take the animosity away from the
crowd, develop yourself as a person to the crowd and
in that sense you're less likely to see these things
go more viral in terms of proclivity to violence.
As violence continues in Ferguson, Koval says here
in Madison, there is a time and a place to use force
- but before his officers break out the combat gear,
a softer approach comes first.
This is the time more than ever that you have to urge
your officers to get out of their squad cars, do more
foot patrol than ever, engage our constituents, and
understand that this is very different picture than
what we see occurring down south.
CHIEF KOVAL SAYS IT'S EASY TO WATCH THE SITUATION
AT FERGUSON 300 MILES AWAY HERE IN MADISON, AND CRITICIZE
THE CHOICSE BEING MADE THERE.
BUT THAT'S NOT HIS INTENT.
HE SAYS ABOVE ALL, OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS
SHOULD LOOK AT THIS AS A LESSON, THAT COULD HAPPEN
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