Police Union Gets Change in Legislation
Milwaukee union, frequent donor to legislators, gets bill regulating police use of force weakened.
The GOP-led state Assembly approved a scaled-backed version of a police use-of-force bill at the behest of the Milwaukee police union, a major contributor to Republican lawmakers.
The measure, Senate Bill 120, creates a statewide use-of-force standard for law enforcement agencies as well as use-of-force reporting requirements. The bill also required officers report on and intervene in cases of excessive use of force they observe.
The bill was among a package of proposals that were the result of work by a bipartisan Assembly task force on policing and racial equity aimed at reducing the possibility of a suspect’s death, especially among Black men, at the hands of police.
The police union, formally known as the Milwaukee Police Association, is a longtime and generous campaign contributor to GOP legislative and statewide candidates.
Between January 2015 and December 2020, the Milwaukee police union’s political action committee contributed $108,250 to legislators who are considering the bill, including $94,000, or 87 percent, to current Republican lawmakers. The top recipients of PAC contributions by the union were:
Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, $29,000,
Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, $28,000,
State Senate Democratic Committee, $6,750,
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, $6,750,
GOP Sen. Alberta Darling, of River Hills, $5,000,
Republican Sen. Dale Kooyenga, of Brookfield, $3,250.
SB120 now goes back to the state Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans, for final approval.
GOP Assembly Changes Police Use-of-Force Bill At Contributor’s Behest was originally published by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.