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Chief, coalition members debate policing in south Madison

Chief, coalition members debate policing in south Madison

Madison police Chief Mike Koval and members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, which seeks to call attention to what they say are racial disparities in policing, debated at a public forum held Thursday at the Catholic Multicultural Center on Madison's south side.

The forum was the last in a series of community meetings held by Koval throughout the city.

In a crowded room, members of the YGB repeatedly accused Madison police of racial profiling.

“Most white people and most people that work in the system are conditioned to think less of us, and assume that we're inferior, which leads to an arrest ratio of 8-1,” said Brandi Grayson of YGB during the forum.

Eric Upchurch, also with YGB, said “your parents and your parents' parents had the belief that we were undeserving people, and innately they passed that down to you.”

Police: Driver flees police on Beltline, crashes into SUV

Police: Driver flees police on Beltline, crashes into SUV

A Madison man fled police on the Beltline and crashed into an SUV on Rimrock Road Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said they were trying to stop the driver on the West Beltline Highway after a traffic violation at about 3:05 p.m., but instead of pulling over, the driver sped up, exited on Rimrock Road and struck an SUV.

The driver and passenger ran from their car and were caught a short time later.

Tarez D. Cowan, 25, was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer, resisting arrest, operating while revoked, hit-and-run and on a parole violation. His passenger, a 31-year-old Madison man, was cited for resisting or obstructing a police officer.

There were no serious injuries in the crash.

Robber snatches purse outside south side bank, police say

Robber snatches purse outside south side bank, police say

A man who snatched a woman?s purse outside a south side bank Thursday afternoon got away, according to a release.

An unknown man pulled a woman?s purse strap from her shoulder as she left the Park Bank at 2401 S. Park St. just before 1 p.m., Madison police said.

The woman and her husband ran after the robber, but he got away, according to the release.

Police later found the woman?s purse, but her cash was missing.

The robber is described as black, 6 feet tall and was wearing a black stocking hat, black fleece jacket and jeans.

'Angry' man injures 75-year-old, swears at cops during disturbance

'Angry' man injures 75-year-old, swears at cops during disturbance

A man expressing his anger toward people in a south side multicultural center injured a 75-year-old woman and swore at police as he was being arrested, Madison police said.

A Madison police officer was flagged down around 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 for some type of disturbance inside the Catholic Multicultural Center at 1862 Beld St., according to a release.

The officer said he could hear someone yelling loudly in the cafeteria area, and could see a man flailing his arms around, police said. The man, later identified as Steve Schuh, 40, calmed down when he noticed the officer.

Schuh had been challenging people to fights inside the building, according to the release.

Worker beaten at homeless shelter

Worker beaten at homeless shelter

An employee at a Madison homeless shelter was beaten by a man who the employee suspected was drunk, according to a release from Madison police.

The 49-year-old employee of Grace Homeless Shelter at 116 West Washington Ave. told police Dwayne Golden, 51, of Madison, arrived at the shelter shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 12 and wanted to come in. The employee said Golden smelled of intoxicants and was angered when he was asked to submit to a breath test, based on the shelter's policy.

The employee said Golden accused him of being prejudice, struck him in the head and yelled vulgarities at him.

Police said Golden was found on Friday in the 800 block of Badger Road. When he was taken into custody, he said it must be a case of mistaken identity.

Golden was arrested on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct and on a probation violation.

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

Police: Man confronted motorist with knife

Police: Man confronted motorist with knife

A Madison man was arrested after police said he confronted a motorist with a knife in a south side neighborhood early Thursday.

The Madison Police Department said 59-year-old Gary L. Rose was walking on Van Deusen Street near Colby Street at 3:53 a.m.

A south Madison resident was driving near his home, saw Rose walking and thought he looked suspicious, according to the report. The driver asked Rose if he could help with anything; Rose replied he wanted to be left alone.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the driver continued to follow Rose and asked Rose again if he needed assistance. Rose walked up to the driver's window. Rose told police he carried a knife for protection and held the knife at this side, the blade not extended, as he spoke to the driver because he wanted the driver to stop following him.