State Sen. Lena Taylor
Press Release

Officer-involved shootings could be reduced with better police training on mental illness

“Training for law enforcement on how to properly interact with people with mental health challenges is not just the fiscally responsible thing to do, it’s the humane thing to do.”

By - May 12th, 2015 03:47 pm

(MADISON) – Today, the Joint Committee on Finance took up several budget items concerning mental health, which was a key factor in the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee. Ranking Senate Democrat on the budget Committee Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), who was also the lead Senate author of Wisconsin’s law requiring an independent investigation into an officer-involved death, offered a motion today to create a $250,000 per year grant program to train officers in working with people with mental illness. The motion comes on the same day Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced he would not prosecute a Madison police officer for fatally shooting Tony Robinson. Following the vote and the announcement, Sen. Taylor released the following statement:

“Training for law enforcement on how to properly interact with people with mental health challenges is not just the fiscally responsible thing to do, it’s the humane thing to do. Better training would keep officers safer and it could very well reduce the incidents of officer-involved fatalities. How we handle mental health and AODA issues in our state is directly correlated to our incarceration rate.”

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Sen. Taylor statement on State of the State Address

"Wisconsin doesn’t need a cheerleader, we need a trailblazer to solve our state’s problems."

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Sen. Taylor to offer three free movie screenings of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Sen. Taylor invites her guests to stay after the movie to talk about the impact money has on politics in America.

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Sen. Taylor statement on federal court ruling against Republican gerrymandering

“Republicans got away with rigging three elections under illegal redistricting.”

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Sen. Taylor statement on passing of Sen. Rick Gudex

Today, Senator Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement about the passing her colleague, Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac)

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Milwaukee radio host Eric Von dies Thursday

Statement from Senator Lena Taylor.

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Direct Supply to create 800 jobs in Milwaukee

“Thank you Direct Supply for bringing jobs as a solution.”

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Mistruths dominate Mandela Barnes’ campaign

“To the undecided voters out there at this late hour, I ask you to vote for me, because I’m the candidate who won’t lie to you,” said Lena Taylor.

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Lena Taylor to receive Lifetime Service Award

Taylor’s legislative accomplishments include improving public safety, education, and health.

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County Executive Chris Abele endorses Senator Lena Taylor

“I'm proud to endorse Senator Lena Taylor’s reelection on August 9,” said County Executive Chris Abele.

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Sen. Lena Taylor applauds election law ruling

Three separate federal courts issued significant election law rulings.

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Sen. Lena Taylor named 2016 Sierra Club Environmental Champion

This title is awarded to legislators who voted 100% pro-environment in the latest legislative session

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Workers back Senator Lena Taylor

Taylor was one of 14 Senators to go to Illinois to deny quorum in the vote on Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10, which busted public employee unions.

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