By Collin Roth
On Monday, John “Sly” Sylvester of 1670 AM WTDY threatened to protest Capitol Police Chief Dave Erwin’s home if one more protester is arrested in the Capitol. In recent weeks, under the new leadership of Chief Erwin, a small cadre of protesters have been arrested and cited on an almost daily basis for not registering with the Capitol Police to get a permit.
Sly said on his Madison morning show:
I’ve come to the conclusion that if Chief Erwin wants to continue arresting people for exercising their free speech in the Capitol, then we’ll move the protest. And you know where I’ve decided to move the protest? In front of Chief Erwin’s house.
…And if you think it’s innappropriate to give the address of a law enforcement officer out over the air, you tell me, what’s the solution for a despot?
Since taking over as Capitol Police Chief, Erwin has come under fire from the local media and Democratic lawmakers who are concerned about Erwin’s insistence that demonstrators at the Capitol request a permit. Since February of 2011, demonstrators have gathered in the Capitol nearly every day for a “Solidarity Sing Along.” Erwin claims that the permitting process is for safety purposes so that law enforcement can better know how many people are in the Capitol in case of emergency.
It is almost inevitable that another protester will be cited or arrested this week as protesters show no intentions of backing down.
Protesting private homes has become a common tactic in the last two years. To kick off the recall effort, protesters demonstrated in front of Governor Walker’s Wauwatosa home. In January of 2012, protesters with Wisconsin Jobs Now! were cited for protesting and harassing attendees of a fundraiser at a private home in Racine.