Executive Director Of WI Police Association Says Both Vos And Evers Plans Could Work

Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, argues the approaches to police reform suggested by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, as well as by Governor Tony Evers, both have merit.

“Governor Evers certainly has expressed a kind of an urgency, and has identified some specific legislative measures that he would like lawmakers to consider. Whereas Speaker Vos wants to take a longer, broader view. And I think both have value. It really shouldn’t be an either/or proposition. I do think that there are things we can do in the short term, and I agree that there are also things that we can do to take a broader view, and seriously explore a more systemic set of solutions to what everyone seems to agree is a systemic problem, and not one that just involves policing.”

Last Monday, Evers called the legislature into special session, to consider a package of police reform bills. The Senate – but not the Assembly – gaveled in Monday, but didn’t take any action. Vos has announced a task force to examine the issue.