A special session is being forced upon the Wisconsin GOP Legislature by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to consider a package of bills on policing policies. The governor is trying to do the same thing he tried against Republicans last November on gun control bills.
But Republicans who control the Legislature say they don’t intend to take any immediate action on the bills, ending the special session seconds after they gavel it in.
The country’s attention has been focused on Wisconsin following the Blake shooting and the killings two days later of two people by a 17-year-old from Illinois who faces first-degree homicide charges. All of this is being investigated by the state Department of Justice.
Governor Evers first unveiled the package of policing bills in June, shortly after the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. But he called the special session with 24 hours after Blake’s shooting, trying to force the Legislature to take action.
While Evers has tried to use Blake’s shooting to force action from the Legislature, his opponents have criticized his response to unrest in Kenosha, saying he didn’t act quickly enough to quell the violence that resulted in dozens of businesses being burned to the ground, suffering millions of dollars in damage.
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