Scott Walker: No racial profiling, unjust detentions by Capitol Police
  • Petitioned Scott Walker

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Wisconsin Governor
Scott Walker
Wisconsin State House
Wisconsin State Senate

Scott Walker: No racial profiling, unjust detentions by Capitol Police

    1. Colin Bowden
    2. Petition by

      Colin Bowden

      Madison, WI

On January 15, 2013, I, Colin Bowden, was detained in the basement of the WI State Capitol, without being read any rights nor having any explanation why I was there, in handcuffs because I looked like a suspect. The person later suspected of a threat is a young black male, as am I. However, most observers have remarked that we do not look alike. Because I was held in detention for a short time and not beaten nor shot, most attorneys have told me there is no case, and that it's just the way the system works. I disagree. I don't think dragging people down into a basement a la "24" is acceptable protocol for those paid to protect our democratic society.

Without protections for all members of society, we've seen the Capitol police arrest and/or cite people who look alike merely because of their skin color, merely because they are political adversaries, or merely because they were in the Capitol and some protest was happening. This precedent will mean no one is safe in what is supposed to be "The People's House". We must fight this on a broader scale, showing that we care about our rights and the rights of our kin.

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    Reasons for signing

    • zoe anderson MILWAUKEE, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      i've racially profiled so i know how ya feel

    • Ted Voth Jr MADISON, WI
      • over 1 year ago


    • pati heinz BENTON HARBOR,, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Scott Walker, much like Michigan's Rick Snyder IS running a VERY racially motivated agenda, make no mistake. Unjust, unconstitutional detention is wrong under ANY circumstance!

    • Alysia Mann Carey MADISON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" --Dr. King

    • Sandy Welander MADISON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      Racial profiling is racist and works to undermine democracy


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