Dr. Floyd Rose’s eloquent tribute to MPD’s protection of multiple rights
This week, Dr. Floyd Rose, the highly respected business leader and president of 100 Black Men of Madison sent us an email that we thought important enough to share with you. It was his reflection on how the Madison Police Department handled a protest demonstration at West Towne Mall last Saturday. Dr. Rose writes:
“Chief Koval and the Madison Police Department, again, demonstrated that the equation of public safety and first amendment rights can be realized when there is a willingness to exercise good judgment for all.
Saturday, the concern and challenge rested with the appropriate manner to handle the countless shoppers and mall employees who possibly did not share the same concerns as the protesters.
Analogous to the November protest, the Chief and the Madison PD illustrated by their actions that they were present to ensure that everyone, protester and shopper alike would be safe and protected equally. They conveyed an atmosphere of community and collaboration rather than a show of force. There is a difference. And the actuation of that attitude made the difference.
For this event and the one in November, ensuring the safety of all has not been an option of the MPD but an obligation.