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State Democrats Announce Universal Background Checks Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 16 August 2019 08:29

guncontrol-protestGov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes, Attorney General Kaul join Rep. Sargent and Sen. Johnson in supporting universal background checks, call on Republicans to act.

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Bill Outlawing Sexual Contact While In Custody Moves Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:30

sexual-assaultIt should be illegal for a member of law enforcement to have sex with a person in their custody and completely at their mercy.


MADISON – The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held a public hearing Wednesday on Senate Bill 104, prohibiting law enforcement officers from having sexual contact with persons under their custody.

lena-taylorAuthor of the bill, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) gave impassioned testimony about the case of Anna Chambers, an 18-year-old from Brooklyn who was raped inside of a police van while under the custody of two NYPD detectives. Although the officers were charged with rape, a “consensual sex” defense was offered and the officers were acquitted. At the time, New York had no law barring sexual contact between a subject in custody and the officers involved.

Taylor became familiar with the case in 2017 and quickly learned that Wisconsin also had no law that made sexual contact between law enforcement and persons under their custody illegal. Following the press conference, Senator Taylor issued the following statement:

“In an ideal world, we would not need to create a law that makes it illegal for a member of law enforcement to have sex with a person in their custody and completely at their mercy. Unfortunately, this is no ideal world and the inappropriate actions of a few demand this legislation.”

 
Realities of Anti-Shackling Bill Evoke Emotion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:26

mc-courthouse-jailState Senator says, in Milwaukee County Jail alone, at least 40 women were shackled while giving birth since 2011.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:44
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Dow drops 800 points in worst day of 2019 amid recession fears PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:18

statue-of-libertyU.S. trade war with China has been a central concern.


NEW YORK - U.S. stock markets had their worst drop of the year Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 800 points, or 3 percent.

The U.S. trade war with China has been a central concern for economic forecasters who in recent days had raised the odds of a recession in the coming year.

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Wisconsin Republicans dodge reporters' questions on guns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:34

gun-control-surgeState GOP now ducking simple questions while 81 percent of Wisconsinites support universal background checks and efforts to close gun show loophole.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:57
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