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Wisconsin Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Call on State Legislators to Take Special Session Seriously and Take Urgent Action to Address Police Violence

August 28, 2020

The Wisconsin chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, the grassroots networks of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement ahead of next week’s special session to urge Wisconsin lawmakers to take action to address police violence following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

“This special session is an opportunity for Wisconsin lawmakers to step up and stand up for the countless Black people in our state who are still being killed, wounded, and traumatized by police,” said Tiffany D. Belcher, volunteer with the Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Lawmakers must take this special session seriously and make urgent changes to make Wisconsin safer for everyone by passing policies that will reduce shootings by police and invest in the community-based alternatives that we know save lives.”

In November, the leaders of both the Wisconsin Assembly and the Wisconsin Senate ended special sessions on gun violence shortly after gaveling them in and the Wisconsin legislature has not passed a bill in 130 days.

Research shows that meaningful use of force policies encourage de-escalation, utilize early intervention systems, and ensure that officers who act in a manner that is criminally negligent can be held accountable. Use of force policies can ensure that laws help advance safety.

Black people in the United States are far more likely to be shot and killed by law enforcement than their white counterparts, and data from Mapping Police Violence shows that 95% of people killed by police are killed with guns. Mapping Police Violence shows that 109 people have been shot and killed by police between 2013 and 2019 in Wisconsin and that 99% of killings by the police from 2013-2019 did not result in officers being charged with a crime. Black Americans are shot and killed by police at nearly three times the rate of white Americans.

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