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Elisa Wiseman

An east-side neighborhood meeting called to discuss issues of poverty and crime brought up much more commonplace matters like littering, panhandling and speeding. The divide underscored a difference in perception about the issues facing Madison. Read more

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Allison Geyer

Genele Laird won't face charges in Tuesday's disturbance at East Towne Mall. Instead, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is recommending a restorative court program. But her supporters say Ozanne's decision is politically motivated. Read more

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Some alders are pushing for a more independent review of the East Towne Mall arrest of Genele Laird. But it’s unclear whether they have the authority to demand one. Read more

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Daniel Patrykus was in Madison visiting friends when he happened to stop by East Towne Mall. A video he shot with his cellphone has sparked a fresh round of outrage against the Madison Police Department. Read more

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Timothy Hughes

An arrest by Madison police officers draws national attention and condemnation from area leaders. But that is not stopping Mayor Paul Soglin, who has been silent on the issue, from heading to another out-of-state convention. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

Genele Laird, the 18-year-old African American woman violently subdued by police on Tuesday, is likely to remain in jail for a second night. Meanwhile, outrage with police grows, as some describe “an aggregate trauma” experienced by black community. Read more

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Darien Lamen

A cellphone video of the arrest of 18-year-old Genele Laird at East Towne Mall went viral on Facebook Tuesday night. Community leaders met with Police Chief Mike Koval demanding answers. Laird remained in jail overnight. Read more

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