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‘Kill With Disregard & Glee’: Sen. Chris Larson Slammed for ‘Dangerous Anti-Police Rhetoric’ on Senate Floor

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In debate on the Senate floor yesterday, during National Police Week, State Senator Chris Larson accused police officers of “shooting for sport,” and being “quick to pull the trigger,” according to a press release from two state senators, who are condemning the comments.

Early in the debate on SB 517, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-6) talked about former Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, police misconduct payments made by the city of Milwaukee, and about the Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park. In both the cases of Mensah and Hamilton, the officers were exonerated by the Democratic district attorney. In addition, Mensah was exonerated a second time by two special prosecutors, including another Democratic district attorney, in one of the cases.

When Sen. Larson spoke, he referred to the officer who killed Hamilton as a “cowardly officer,” criticizing the fact the exonerated officer was able to “get off” because he “feared for his life.” It goes without saying that this is the exact definition of self-defense under state law.

Larson said, “If there are people who are supposed to be out protecting us and they find out they will be held liable for killing people who they are supposed to protect, and their response is to leave the force, then we are doing our job of rooting out the bad apples who are in it for the wrong reasons, because they think it is a sport to shoot at our neighbors and not to protect and to serve.”

Larson continued that if the bill were to become law, it would allow police officers to ‘kill with disregard and glee.”

You can hear Larson’s comments here:

“Senator Larson went on to say that if the bill were to become law, it would allow police officers to ‘kill with disregard and glee,” state Sen. Jesse James (R-Altoona) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) said in a press release. Van Wanggaard is a former police officer and Police and Fire Commissioner. James is a former police chief.

“While a murdered police officer from his city was being remembered and honored by his family in Washington DC for the ultimate sacrifice, Chris Larson launched into vile anti-police claims misrepresenting facts and perpetuating lies about policing. It’s despicable,” Van Wanggaard said.

“In my 50 years of law enforcement and oversight experience, I have worked with, talked with and met with hundreds or thousands of dedicated men and women. Not a single one acts in the way Senator Larson claims. His dangerous anti-police rhetoric cannot be allowed to stand. He owes an apology to the thousands of law enforcement officers who keep him and us safe. Senate Democrats and Governor Evers should be made to answer if they agree with Larson that police officers ‘kill with disregard and glee,'” he added.

Senator Larson “insulted me and my fellow law enforcement officers that put our lives on the line every day, as well as our families. His comments show that he has no understanding about what it is like to be in a position where you might have to take a life in self-defense. I am amazed by the senator’s continual, incorrect jabs at those of us that carry the badge,” James said.

The debate “took place on a bill that would protect police officers who credibly acted in self-defense from multiple ‘John Doe’ investigations for the same incident. You can hear Senator Larson’s full remarks on Wisconsin Eye (1:57:32). Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) also sent a letter to Minority Leader Diane Hesselbein, asking her and her colleagues to condemn Larson’s statements,” the release says.

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The poll found only 14% of voters said it was “very likely” Harris would win a general election for president if she became the Democratic nominee. Another 20% said it was “somewhat likely.”

The poll is especially noteworthy given Biden's age. The incumbent president is 81 years old and appears increasingly in decline.

A moment of confusion for Biden at a June 6 D-Day ceremony went viral last week, the latest in a string of similar incidents. At the same time, Biden remains competitive with former President Donald Trump, though several polls suggest Trump has a lead over the president.

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Evers recently called for an operational and an instructional audit of MPS.

“I’m proposing today to go two steps further with two important goals: the first, to audit MPS’ programs and operations in their entirety, and the second, to audit the effectiveness of teaching and instruction of our kids in classrooms across the district,” Evers said.

The governor, however, wants to keep the audit within his administration and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said that’d be a mistake.

“I’m glad that Gov. Evers has called for an audit of the Milwaukee Public School System. Gov. Evers and DPI should work with Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs [Eric] Wimberger and [Robert] Wittke to discuss authorizing the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to audit MPS, DPI and any other involved stakeholders,” LeMahieu said. “The LAB is more than capable of handling this important undertaking independently and transparently without the use of outside contractors.”

The worry is an audit controlled by the governor’s office will not fully look into MPS’s shortcomings.

The calls for audits in Milwaukee Public Schools come after the state withheld nearly $17 million last week because of incomplete and late financial reports. One of those reports was due to the Department of Public Instruction in September 2023.

Evers has asked MPS leaders to be a part of any audit process but warned that not everyone will be invited.

“I also have to say – I’m exceedingly disappointed by the politicking and jockeying I’ve seen since this situation came to light by opportunists who’re seizing this moment to serve their own selfish goals instead of worrying about what matters most: our kids,” Evers added.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos took to social media to accuse the governor of being the one who is playing politics.

“And who do you think [Evers] will suggest conducts the audits?” Vos asked. “The same failed DPI bureaucrats who allowed this to happen or his administration who wanted to dismantle the school choice system so all kids were forced into this MPS mess? We need real reforms to the current mentality where MPS has been protecting the bureaucracy and Gov. Evers has been advocating for shoveling hundreds of millions of dollars into this broken system.”

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Research by SeniorLiving.org shows 82%, or nearly 12,000 facilities in the U.S., will need to hire staff or face being shut down.

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The mandate will be phased in over three years, with rural communities having up to five years.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September announced a $75 million campaign to increase the number of nurses in nursing homes.

Nearly 1.2 million residents live in Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, long-term care facilities, but Wagner said that number is expected to increase.

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