State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff is calling on Wisconsin’s attorney general to put his words into action and march in Milwaukee’s protests over the death of George Floyd.
Attorney General Josh Kaul hasn’t responded to his fellow Democrat’s request, but he also hasn’t been silent on the protests sweeping the world after Floyd died with his neck pinned under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer for almost nine minutes.
Kaul urged Americans to take action to fight systemic racism in a statement.
“We cannot delay for another time — or another legislative session — engaging in open, constructive dialogue and taking action,” Kaul said.
While Brostoff, of Milwaukee, praised Kaul’s strong words and willingness to speak out against injustice, he also said it was not enough.
“It’s time to put those words into action and march with us on the front lines of this movement,” Brostoff wrote in a letter to Kaul that invited him to join him in a protest.
He added that attending the protests and engaging with them personally allows for greater opportunity to listen to community members and “begin the healing process of working together with all stakeholders.”
A spokeswoman for Kaul did not respond to questions about Brostoff’s letter, but Kaul echoed a similar sentiment in his own statement, saying to make progress, communities ignored by those in power need to be given a voice.
“We must listen, and we must act,” Kaul said.
He proposed several ways to make the justice system more equitable, such as:
- Funding a hate crime hotline;
- Expanding de-escalation and implicit bias training;
- Preventing disciplinary records from being sealed when an officer is seeking employment;
- Expanding community policing to improve relationships between law enforcement and the public.
The attorney general added that the public must remain aware of those who attempt to undermine the law and promote violence, and he included President Donald Trump in that group.
While many Americans continue to exercise their right to peacefully protest, Kaul said the president oversaw the unconstitutional use of force on crowds.
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