The memorial for fallen officers in Madison, Wisconsin, was held on May 7, only a few days before the so-called ‘Police Week.’
The manifestation was organized in front of the Law Enforcement Memorial on Capitol Square.
Police officers from Wisconsin assembled to pay tribute to six officers whose earlier addition to the list of 285 names of officers who died over the years was prevented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The police officers included on the list in early May died many years apart.
Some of them, William McGinty and Starre A. Miles died in 1933 and 1945, respectively.
Other officers added to the list during the memorial died much later, either in 2019 or 2020.
Jo-Ann Mignon, a president of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) told the audience that 285 names written on the memorial wall would never be forgotten, along with people who came to the ceremony to show their honor for the victims.
C.O.P.S. is a non-profit organization aimed at helping the families of killed police officers recover from emotional distress caused by a loss of a family member. The organization is particularly active in the area of Wisconsin.
Disrupting the memorial
Soon after it began, the memorial ceremony was abruptly disrupted by a group of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists.
Some BLM activists started shouting and attacking people in the audience.
The man who took the megaphone started yelling that he holds a megaphone and not a gun (unlike police officers).
Another man complained about the black national anthem not being played at the event. The man behind the megaphone eventually told the audience that they should stop ‘killing people like him.’
The crowd of BLM activists started screaming that police officers are murderers.
It was reported that the rioters even managed to play an insulting rap song during the moments of silence at the memorial.
Until the end of the 40-minute ceremony, protesters could have been seen constantly shouting at the memorial attendees, with some of them saying that ‘they have the right to protest.’