MADISON, Wis. – Today, Fond du Lac County District Attorney and law enforcement’s choice for Attorney General, Eric Toney, is speaking out against the City of Madison’s decision to hire Evers’ former Wisconsin Parole Commission Chairman John Tate for their first-ever Independent Police Monitor.
Eric Toney released the following statement:
“Tony Evers and John Tate released over 200 murderers and more than 40 child rapists while Tate led Evers’ Parole Commission. Their decision to prioritize putting heinous criminals back on our streets has stolen justice from grieving families. It is appalling to see Tate placed into a police oversight role. By releasing horrific murderers, Tate failed at the most basic level of determining the legally required factors for parole – including the ‘interest of justice’ and the ‘seriousness of an offense’. I call on the City of Madison to immediately rescind John Tate’s appointment.”
Of the hundreds of murderers and attempted murderers released by Evers’ and Tate’s Parole Commission:
- One is a man who shot, killed, and decapitated his wife. That man now lives free at the age of 79.
- Another is a man who killed his mother, stepfather, and 8-year-old half-sister as they slept. That man, a triple-murderer, now lives free at the age of 56.
District Attorney Eric Toney has bipartisan endorsements from over 100 Sheriffs, District Attorneys, and Police Chiefs, and has been unanimously endorsed by the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, the Milwaukee Police Association, the Racine Police Association, the West Allis Professional Police Association, the Waukesha County Chiefs of Police Association, the Racine Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, the Kenosha Professional Police Association and the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization.