I think Madison should grant their request – as long as the released inmates are not allowed into other communities.
Representatives of Freedom Inc., Urban Triage, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) — which led the large demonstration downtown on Saturday — repeatedly said they support the actions of people who have confronted police, defied curfews, broken windows, and looted businesses. Sawyer Johnson, with PSL, called out Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, specifically, for trying to distinguish between peaceful protesters and those the police label as rioters.
“We have a white queer mayor…as a fellow white queer person, I got to have a conversation with her,” says Johnson. “We refuse to denounce any black, youth leader that is continuing to lead the rebellion. Because that’s what it is. We care more about black lives than Urban Outfitters getting tagged.”
The groups called on elected officials to abolish the police, allow community control over law enforcement, and to release inmates, who are disproportionately people of color, from the jail system.
I love how Johnson militantly insists that someone who is of the same race and sexual preference as him should have the same opinions. It’s identity politics run amok.
Anyway… it’s pretty clear that the protests have been hijacked by groups fomenting insurrection.