The Wednesday protest occurred a few days after a Madison police officer shot and killed Tony Robinson, 19. Police say Robinson assaulted the officer. He also pleaded guilty to armed robbery just last year.
The video below by Media Trackers shows participants who showed up at the Wisconsin Jobs Now-organized protest chanting “Hey-hey, ho-ho, these racist cops have got to go” as they marched with the “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS” sign.
“This is not just a rally,” rally leader Jennifer Epps-Addison of Wisconsin Jobs Now promised the assembled crowd. “We are taking direct and corrective action.”
Lisa Lucas, communications director for Wisconsin Jobs Now, told The Daily Caller in an email that the labor group which now focuses on anti-police rallies does not condone the sign.
“None of our members brought it to the event. It was, in fact, brought by individuals unaffiliated with us, and those individuals were asked to remove that sign from the action so that our message wouldn’t be compromised,” Lucas claimed.
In recent months, Wisconsin Jobs Now has organized, participated in or publicized “die-ins” (where protesters collectively get on the ground and pretend to be dead) as well as an illegal blockade of a major Milwaukee freeway during rush hour on Dec. 19.
The teachers union-funded group has variously declared that the state’s police officers are racists, killers and animals, notes EAGnews.