Investigation into Laird arrest proves police policy, training must change

Investigation into Laird arrest proves police policy, training must change

Once again we, many of us, here in Madison this time but a frequent occurrence nationally, are required to understand that something can be wrong, yet technically lawful.

And we do have to try to understand, while acknowledging that understanding has its limits.

The officers in the Genele Laird case did as they were trained and thus their actions, which we all saw, were deemed objectively reasonable and consistent with Madison Police Department policy as well as training provided by the State of Wisconsin.

Policy and training must change. They must.

Now, to the positives, which are significant by their mere occurrence.

Mayor Paul Soglin not only differentiated between legal and right, he apologized, one of the noblest acts of which humans are capable.

Chief Mike Koval not only differentiated between justifiability and desirability, he committed to working with the community to explore ways to do better. And restorative justice is in play.

Now we have to make what’s right the legal standard, and end the other way around.