The recent spate of alleged hate crimes is terrifying and unacceptable in our community.
Any acts of violence against people of color, or any body for that matter, are not, and should never be, tolerated in Madison, Wisconsin.
While the Madison Police Department is working diligently on investigating these recent incidents, I am asking that all available resources be used to apprehend the perpetrators quickly and that people with information on the crimes step forward by contacting Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or P3Tips.com .
On June 16, 2009, the Madison Common Council approved a resolution condemning hate speech and hate-motivated violence (RES-09-00556, Legislative File No. 15128). The words in the resolution continue to resonant with us today:
Let us continue to step forward in light by continuing to condemn the violence of hate crimes in our community. As Council President, I will work with and support law enforcement to ensure that any one perpetrating violence on any individual based on race, gender or sexual orientation or identity is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law under Wisconsin’s hate crime statutes.