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Tea party, police clash in western Wisconsin town
The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2014 | TODD RICHMOND

Posted on 06/22/2014 9:46:23 AM PDT by gorush

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pedestrian bridge over Interstate 90 has linked the two sides of a western Wisconsin burg for decades, providing a test of courage for bike-riding children and a symbol of home for travelers returning from Minnesota.

Over the last year, the town of Campbell’s overpass has become the front line in a Hatfield vs. McCoy free-speech clash between a tea party activist and the police chief.

The fight was spurred by last summer’s national push for tea party overpass protests calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. Nowhere, though, has the protest caused as much of an uproar as in Campbell.

The local tea party alleges the town and Police Chief Tim Kelemen are trying to curtail their free-speech rights by banning signs on the overpass. The chief, for his part, maintains tea party supporters responded to the ordinance by deluging his agency with complaints and threats. So, he fought back by registering one of the party’s leading activists with websites for gay dating, pornographic and federal health care.

Now Keleman could lose his job and possibly face criminal charges.

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KEYWORDS: police; teaparty; wisconsin
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Interesting.
1 posted on 06/22/2014 9:46:23 AM PDT by gorush
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To: gorush
Registered another person under false pretenses? That is fraud in my book. And by a police chief? Interesting indeed.
2 posted on 06/22/2014 9:49:07 AM PDT by Fungi
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To: gorush

Can Gov Walker appoint a special prosecutor?
Sounds like the LEO needs to be brought to heel.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 9:49:33 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: gorush

Let me get this right: A police chief signed up someone he clashed with for Obamacare, homosexual dating and porn? And he’s still working and a sworn officer of the law? If only the Schutzstaffel had been able to utilize the Internet!


4 posted on 06/22/2014 9:51:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: gorush
Now Keleman could lose his job and possibly face criminal charges.

I hope he does. That's inexcusable.

5 posted on 06/22/2014 9:51:06 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: gorush

“So, he fought back by registering one of the party’s leading activists with websites for gay dating, pornographic and federal health care.”

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He did this as an elected official?

We are to understand the official is alleged to have fraudulently registering a citizen for gay dating? Do I understand this correctly? While he was holding public office, no less?

If I am not misunderstanding, that is far above and beyond what he should be doing.

Prosecute.


6 posted on 06/22/2014 9:51:43 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Fungi

But he was brought to his wit’s end by these hoards that wouldn’t respect his authority.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 9:51:51 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

Ha Ha, too bad.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 9:52:49 AM PDT by Fungi
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To: gorush
"Could" lose his job? "Could"?

He had better.

9 posted on 06/22/2014 9:53:20 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: gorush

He’s not a real cop....just another wannabe-cop. About forty percent of the nations cops need a drug-test, a mental stability test, and a financial background check to toss them out of their jobs.


10 posted on 06/22/2014 9:54:54 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: gorush
So a local sheriff who claims he "used to be kind of a Republican" [yeah, right,] engages in identity theft and then commits obstruction of justice by lying to investigators, but the local prosecutors are "still considering whether to file charges."

You can bet that if the shoe were on the other foot, the Tea Party people would already be in jail awaiting charges, or on their way to prison.

The fact that these crimes were committed by a so-called "law enforcement official" makes them an order of magnitude worse. It's time for the town to dismiss this jackass, and for the DA to bring charges appropriate to the crimes.

11 posted on 06/22/2014 9:54:57 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: gorush
But he was brought to his wit’s end by these hoards that wouldn’t respect his authority.

Actually it appears he is being brought to his end by his half wits.

12 posted on 06/22/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: sauropod

The story indicates that he initially lied to investigators. In the LE world a record of false statements makes you useless. He needs to be fired.


13 posted on 06/22/2014 9:55:30 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's actually much worse than that, because the chief lied to detectives appointed by the DA to investigate the crime; he didn't tell the truth until his computer was examined. It's likely there was also spoliation of evidence there as well, and he just wasn't bright enough to cover his tracks.

In any event, he should be facing obstruction charges as well as identity theft.

14 posted on 06/22/2014 9:57:44 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: gorush

“Keleman’s lawyer, Jim Birnbaum, counters that the tea party pushed his client to the edge.”

How shall we interpret this??? LOL!

Have at it!


15 posted on 06/22/2014 9:59:04 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: USNBandit

It also makes it highly likely that this wasn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened. In the video, he sounds like one of those “this is my town” types.


16 posted on 06/22/2014 9:59:22 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Mastador1

17 posted on 06/22/2014 10:03:08 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: gorush

Where did this take place? Campbell?

I’ve looked on three road maps for Wisconsin and the closest I can come to Campbell is a Campbellsport which is in the eastern part of the state and nowhere near I-90.


18 posted on 06/22/2014 10:05:05 AM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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To: Mastador1

Sounds like the typical liberal.


19 posted on 06/22/2014 10:05:43 AM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: gorush

Throw the police chief in prison. Maybe then he will gain a true understanding of sodomy.


20 posted on 06/22/2014 10:05:48 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Lawyers these days! Gotta love ‘em.


21 posted on 06/22/2014 10:07:01 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: gorush

Sort of like when I signed up this jerk that was calling our house making obscene phone calls for NAMBLA....


22 posted on 06/22/2014 10:08:12 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: gorush; All
it's very likely; he'll "retire" w/ full bennies.
the activist, should sue the town if it happens.

23 posted on 06/22/2014 10:08:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: upchuck

Right next to Lacrosse, WI.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: gorush

The Ruling Class is fighting back.

Time you peasants learn your place.


25 posted on 06/22/2014 10:09:01 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: FredZarguna
he sounds like one of those “this is my town” types.

Sherrif Bullard: "Don't ever do nothin' like this again. Don't come back up here."

(Deliverance, 1972)

26 posted on 06/22/2014 10:10:40 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: gorush

I dealt with this exact same thing last year. People were protesting Obama et al. Located on an interstate overpass. It was my area to patrol. Went through it several times. Eventually, I got a call that the signs were causing people to slow down on the interstate to read them, thus causing an accordion style traffic issue. Went out to talk to them and I hadn’t even got out of the car yet when I heard them say” Here they come...”. And out came the cameras. Knowing full well that they wanted to bait me into saying or doing something stupid...i merely told them that we had a complaint, that I didn’t think that they were allowed to post signs on the overpass, ut I would check into it and get back to them. Looked up the state code (Virginia), called the Commonwealths Attorney, printed out the code section...and came back. Showed them the code, and asked them to take the signs down. They could stay and hold signs up all they wanted...just could affix them.onto the fencing over the interstate. I was polite, professional and courteous....and I know my shit. In response, a good portion of them were aholes to me. Really pissed me off because I was on their side as far as the message, but they treated me.like I was an idiot. The best part...despite all the video, it never made it to the internet because they couldn’t bait me into being an ass to them. As the cameras were being shut off as I spoke to them professionally, I told them...”no no...keep recording...this is important”. They walked away... I find it sad that they don’t realize they have support in areas where they don’t even realize it...yet do their best to drive people away from them...


27 posted on 06/22/2014 10:13:08 AM PDT by bike800
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks. I found the overpass. It’s part of Bainbridge Ave. But every map I’ve consulted says that’s part of La Crosse.


28 posted on 06/22/2014 10:23:57 AM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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To: upchuck
Where did this take place? Campbell?

I’ve looked on three road maps for Wisconsin and the closest I can come to Campbell is a Campbellsport which is in the eastern part of the state and nowhere near I-90.


29 posted on 06/22/2014 10:27:09 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: upchuck

http://townofcampbell.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell,_Wisconsin

http://www.campbellpolice.com/
(Has a pic of Keleman right on their front page.)

Town of Campbell WI Police Write Citations For Displaying US Flag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPmSgMTXiqo

Town of Campbell Board investigating police chief’s actions
Chief stays on the job while board decides the next step
http://www.news8000.com/news/town-of-campbell-police-chiefs-attorney-explains-investigation/26427478
(video at link.)


30 posted on 06/22/2014 10:28:31 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: upchuck

I guess it could be an un-incorporated part of Lacrosse.


31 posted on 06/22/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: gorush

"loose his job" ... At least that, I hope. And prosecuted for identity theft, fraud, and defamation.


32 posted on 06/22/2014 10:30:28 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: bike800
Yeah, this is close to where I live...only about ten miles away. Although the officer in question was out of line as far as linking protesters to porn websites or whatever and deserves to be punished, some of the sign hangers sounded wacko. This stuff has been on the local news for a period of time now, and basically the police were just doing their duty. As I would not want wacko leftist signs hanging from an overpass, I can't condone any political signs.

Like you mentioned to the people you confronted, the police told the sign hangers the signs were illegal and could cause a traffic accident. As a pro Tea Party Freeper, I'm hardly opposed to people carrying signs in lawful places. These sign hangers were out of line. And one of them was recorded calling the cops all sorts of vile names. Some people on our side can be as deranged as leftists.

33 posted on 06/22/2014 10:30:43 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: so_real

“loose” = “lose” ... oops.


34 posted on 06/22/2014 10:33:40 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: upchuck

It’s actually a town (town and range) separated by the Black River apart from La Crosse. It’s located on what is known as French Island by most of the local residents and where the La Crosse County Airport is located.


35 posted on 06/22/2014 10:35:03 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Iron Munro

That’s the place, smack in the middle of the river. I used to live nearby and the whole LaX area is a quite a cesspool of liberal nuts, river people, and entitlement freaks.


36 posted on 06/22/2014 10:49:23 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob
That’s the place, smack in the middle of the river.
I used to live nearby and the whole LaX area is a quite a cesspool of liberal nuts, river people, and entitlement freaks.

So you're saying that global warming, the melting of the ice caps and rising water levels in the oceans, lakes and rivers will not be all bad?


37 posted on 06/22/2014 11:04:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Keleman’s lawyer, Jim Birnbaum, counters that the tea party pushed his client to the edge.

“There’s a major difference between an exercise of poor judgment and a crime,” Birnbaum said. “They’re under fire with threats. The tea party invited the wolves out of the forest.”

And this from the attorney for the scumbag LEO who should be fired and tossed in jail where he can experience REAL porn.

If the LEO can’t handle this sort of pressure, he is surely unfit for the job!


38 posted on 06/22/2014 11:17:22 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: upchuck

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Campbell&state=WI


39 posted on 06/22/2014 11:18:42 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Fungi

Malicious Slander with criminal intent.


40 posted on 06/22/2014 11:19:12 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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"...The tea party invited the wolves out of the forest.”

Signing someone up for online porn is his idea of "wolves"?! Reap the whirlwind mofo.

41 posted on 06/22/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FredZarguna

Sounds like Timmy Keleman needs to be indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to some hard time in the gray bar hotel. What out for soap on the shower floor, Timmy.


42 posted on 06/22/2014 11:58:57 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: rockrr

The guy should lose his job. He abused his position and committed identity fraud at the least.


43 posted on 06/22/2014 12:00:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: upchuck

Apparently Campbell does exist:

http://townofcampbell.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell,_Wisconsin

But is must be awfully small to not appear on any maps I consulted.


44 posted on 06/22/2014 12:00:37 PM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

More Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbYKydZ3T0Q


45 posted on 06/22/2014 12:19:06 PM PDT by robby
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To: nascarnation

La Crosse Tea Party members - how many are there? Fifteen people?? This story should be about a Tea Party group... NOT “The Tea Party”.

20 democrats feuding in Podunk is NOT the Democrat Party...


46 posted on 06/22/2014 12:27:26 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em.)
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To: FredZarguna

“spoliation of evidence “

what level of crime is this, misdemeanor or felony?


47 posted on 06/22/2014 1:38:35 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: pepsionice
He’s not a real cop....just another wannabe-cop.

Nope. The problem is exactly that he IS a real cop - with a real badge and a real gun and the real right to arrest people. Too many people view "real" cops as infallible, honorable men who would never abuse authority, when the truth is that cops are every bit as flawed as every other group of people, and, given the nature of the job they pursue, may actually have a higher rate of sociopathy than other groups. That's what real cops are, and that's why they should never be given unchecked power.
48 posted on 06/22/2014 2:09:29 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: WildHighlander57
Depends on the context. Can be a felony, can be a misdemeanor, it can be used to invoke the Exclusionary Rule against other acceptable evidence, and it can be allowed as an inference of guilt or culpability in civil cases as well.
49 posted on 06/22/2014 5:48:17 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Iron Munro
However... the Deliverance guys did manage to a) kill one of their attackers b) get one of their own guys killed and c) probably killed an innocent hunter, whom they mistook for the second Hillbilly Homo.

So in hindsight, I think Bullard's letting them off with a warning was somewhat lenient.

50 posted on 06/22/2014 5:54:21 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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