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It’s that time of year again — Isthmus unloads on deserving targets with this year’s Cheap Shots. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Mike Koval’s abrupt departure as Madison police chief was prompted by his frustration with the mayor and other elected officials over staffing levels: “I’ve grown weary of it.” Read more

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David Michael Miller

Madison Police is embracing most recommendations made by consultants who spent a year studying the department. Just not the ones that are most critical of the department. Read more


While watching this week’s Common Council meeting, Isthmus staff writer Dylan Brogan used Google’s Arts & Culture app to find the fine art doppelgängers of Madison’s alders and mayor. The results do not disappoint. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

There are half as many union workers in Madison as there were a decade ago. But support for organized labor hasn’t waned among local elected officials. Read more


Before he wore a badge, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval was the most beloved badger of them all: Bucky. Read more

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A police brainstorming list for how to deal with problems at the top of State Street became “a poor attempt at a joke.” Chief Mike Koval and Mayor Paul Soglin refuse to comment on the incident. Read more



David Michael Miller

After Shake the Lake, Madison police used pepper spray to quell a fight between youth, and several bystanders report being hit. While the incident didn’t make the evening news, it illustrates strained relations between police and the community. Read more

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Madison has approved spending up to $400,000 on an independent review of its police department. But how many firms are qualified to do such a review? Read more

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Dylan Brogan

Madison Police took the life of a man acting strangely in an east-side neighborhood last week. For neighbors and public officials, police killings are becoming a disturbing “new normal.” Read more

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Allison Geyer

The Madison community remains divided after video showing the violent arrest of a black teenager went viral last week. Now, there’s a growing chorus of voices calling for significant change to the Madison Police Department — starting at the top. 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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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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The Madison Police Policy manual requires that police officers refrain from “overbearing, oppressive or tyrannical conduct” in their dealings with the public. The chief himself broke these rules during his public meltdown. Read more

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David Michael Miller

In a heated city council debate Police Chief Mike Koval raised legitimate questions about a police study and council members raised legitimate concerns about how policing gets done. But Mayor Paul Soglin was MIA for the debate. Read more

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Christopher Klinge

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is getting hammered for pushing back against a $400,000 review of his department. But he says that police need some “acknowledgement and validation for their work.” Read more

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Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

Police Chief Mike Koval wants Mifflin Street to go away. But the city and UW-Madison did little to find an alternative to the block party when they had a chance. Read more


In Wisconsin, 2015 won’t likely be remembered as the best of times. But it was a year when the veneer was stripped away, forcing a more honest assessment, as the state came to terms with itself. Read more