Taylor statement on DOJ release of protesters’ private data
Walker protestors who’ve been cited by the Capitol Police at the noon-time Solidarity Sing-Alongs were provided private information about other protestors, including home addresses and social security numbers.
MADISON – As part of pre-trial conferences, Walker protestors who’ve been cited by the Capitol Police at the noon-time Solidarity Sing-Alongs were provided private information about other protestors, including home addresses and social security numbers. While Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) is the only lawmaker to appear on the Capitol Police’s “Black List” of protesters, she’s never received a citation from the Capitol Police and thus, her confidential information was not released. Taylor, whose district includes the State Capitol, released the following statement:
“Governor Scott Walker’s policy has raised the ire of many of his constituents and his disregard for their rights to free speech has resulted in intimidation, arrest and most recently, exposing these peaceful protestors to identity theft. Not only do I defend people’s right to free speech, but their rights to privacy as well.
“Exposing select protestors to potential identity theft is dangerous and irresponsible. I hope cooler heads prevail and the Department of Justice and the Department of Administration admit their roles in this error and ultimately, offer these individuals protection, as the state did recently when Social Security Numbers were released by the state, rather than the same cold shoulder they’ve been treated to over the past couple years.”
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