Looking at the BIG Picture: Protest and Police

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

Thanks to Rachel Maddow and her newscast last night in providing some perspective of protest and violence in America. Yes, it did begin in Madison and start to wind-down after the Kent State tragedy.

It ended when we, police in Madison, decided to change.

CLICK HERE to view her comments.


And to read “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Violence, Corruption and the Seven Necessary Steps to Improve Our Nation’s Police” CLICK HERE.


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About improvingpolice

I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader calling for police improvement (for example, How To Rate Your Local Police, and with my wife, Sabine, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience). After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also a retired police officer and we both continue active lives.

3 Responses to “Looking at the BIG Picture: Protest and Police”

  1. Congratulations. Thank you for being a hero! I really liked what Rachel had to say about you and how you did the right thing. Again, congratulations and I hope this story is truly beneficial to your mission of “Improving Police.” We need you. Long Live Community Policing!


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