There are various news accounts of what is actually taking place in Wisconsin. Here's a first person account from Michael Donnelly that describes a scene where police officers have refused to enforce orders given by a governor that appears to be corrupt and perhaps more and more cornered as the days go on. On a side note, I also heard a report that the Governor has ordered the windows in the Wisconsin Capitol building to welded shut!
This is from a Facebook Note (source):
Last night, I witnessed the most powerful event I have ever seen first hand.
At the time, the subtlety of it was such that several members of the national press I talked to believed there was no story there. I could not disagree with them more.
Several days ago the Governor's office put out a press release stating that the Wisconsin State Capitol Building would be closed Sunday at four p.m. and that everyone inside would have to leave. The building had been occupied for nearly two weeks preceding that.
On Sunday morning, members of the TAA and other unions met to work out their strategy for the afternoon. The core of their plan was to remain peaceful but refuse to leave. At four, many of the people who were in the Capitol left, but hundreds stayed. The police present - and there were a lot of them - told the people on the ground floor that they had to move up to the first floor. Most did, but a handful politely refused.
And then nothing happened.
Finally, I jumped in the Scribd website with both feet.
I uploaded a few documents which are core to the John J Towery case, and put them into three folders for easier browsing and some context. The links are surprisingly Facebook friendly, too. I already had 26 reads of the main Towery document (which is short and not that interesting) within the first 10 hours of its publication. That's a little weird, so it probably indicates some automated scraping program tuned to his name. Most of the other entries were nowhere near that many reads. Anyway, we shall see.
So far I have to admit, long .pdf documents are hard to serve any better or quicker anywhere else on the web. I can't easily share my photo collections of documents, though - so I will probably have to work on getting them OCR'd into .pdf form.
Hello everyone, I'm a former police officer with the Olympia Police Department. I understand that the city is in the midst of addressing the issue of police oversight. I have personally dealt with Drew Hendricks over the years on this very subject, and currently I'm researching it in a way to hopefully have a very innovative concept on police oversight. Have you given thought to provisions that will afford greater protection for police practitioners under oversight, yet balancing those needs with community expectations when it comes to police services. I'd like to hear from you on the issue of police oversight. I can be located at FredMeyer's Plaza Starbucks in the City of Lacey.
Ron Nesbitt Sr.
While downtown last night I noticed some unusual police activity. What must have been about a dozen squad cars, mostly Washington State Patrol, but a couple Oly PD as well, zoomed past on 4th Avenue at high speed, each about 1 or 2 minutes or so apart. None of them had emergency lights on.
I wonder if anyone knows what was going on with that. Would that new scanner be informative about this situation?
Series I, if you missed it.
If you don't know what this series is supposed to be about, give that post a read first.
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Small print: All photos posted are from my Flickr account and were taken by me. All rights reserved and all that noise.
Series II - Photo I - Any Tagger Worth a Damn... [Link]
Found in an alleyway.
Downtown Olympia, WA
A tribute to the fallen Lakewood police officers
A benefit for the families
On Saturday, December 19th 2009 the Lacey, WA Forza coffee company will be hosting a benefit/tribute event for the fallen Lakewood police officers and their families. This event was put together by Olympia, WA musician Paul Mauer in cooperation with the giving owners of Forza coffee company. He’s bringing fellow musician friends together for an evening of music featuring Seattle, WA musician Ryan Perrey of “Elise in Furs”, Seattle, WA singer songwriter Christina Cramer, the band Lower Lights Burning out of Olympia, WA and himself. The evening starts at 6:00pm. The event is free and open to all ages. Donations will be taken by Forza coffee company on site the night of the event. Come join us with your hearts, ears, and support as we give our own brand of thanks through our music in this season of giving and love. See you there!
Links to the musicians websites:
Ryan Perrey/Elise in furs – www.myspace.com/ryanperrey
Christina Cramer – www.myspace.com/christinacramermusic
He was not a hero by any measure, and this fact no one would dispute. He was a rapist and a killer tormented by hallucinated demons. He believed himself to be the messiah sent from on high, and expected to be recognized soon as the savior. Whatever in the final days led him to target the police vanished with him on a cool night in Seattle. His is the rare case in which it is nearly impossible to imagine even a mother’s love, or a sister’s.
For better than a day this wounded man desperately clutched the body that had committed brutal crimes against his fellow human beings. How had his own life been revalued when the savagery was committed? The physical test he endured in the aftermath of the attack demonstrated without question his irrational will to live. What life could be granted to a man who had committed this treachery? Clearly the disease had spread into every corner of his being.