02/20/2011

Wis. police brace for dueling rallies

"We don't want this to become something that would blemish what has been a positive week," a police spokesman said

By Sandy Cullen
Wisconsin State Journal

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police said Friday they expect protesters to continue to be civil - if loud - at planned demonstrations for and against Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining proposal today, but are preparing for possible clashes between the opposing political groups.

Police anticipate the crowd at the Capitol Square will exceed Friday's turnout by anti-Walker protesters, which Police Chief Noble Wray estimated at 35,000 to 40,000. That's not counting the near-capacity crowd inside the Capitol, which can hold 5,000 to 8,000 people.

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