Madison PD prepares for potential protests following Rittenhouse verdict

Protesters gather in downtown Madison on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Protesters gather in downtown Madison on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.(WMTV/Brittney Ermon)
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 2:25 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 5:06 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Madison Police Department is standing by in case of protests following a not guilty verdict delivered in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Capt. Mike Hanson explained that the department is monitoring all intelligence given to them, whether its from online or from other law enforcement agencies, and will monitor what’s happening in the city. The department will then send out resources, and additional officers as needed.

“Right now, we’re not seeing any uptick or anything but this is Madison and people like to express their constitutional amendments,” Hanson said, later adding,” We’re hoping for civility, we’re hoping for safety, and we’re hoping for reasonableness.”

The police department stated that it was working with Community Dialogue Representatives in case protests are planning, explaining these representatives will connect with community members and the police during the gatherings.

“The Madison Police Department understands and recognizes there are strong emotions concerning today’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. The department has been working with outside agencies on response plans and is prepared to protect the constitutional rights of the public should demonstrations occur.

The Madison Police Department

The department’s special events team is also on standby, along with officers trained in event staffing.

MPD said on Monday that it was collaborating with other agencies to create a response plan for after the verdict is reached.

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