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UWPD turns to public while preparing to implement body cameras

During the first of two University of Wisconsin Police Department public forums focused on helping department leaders form a body camera policy, about 15 campus community members seemed open to the idea of implementation this summer.

“I’m open-minded to it as long as the policies are transparent to me,” one student said.

“But I do think they should be allowed to be open record if you're really trying to have full transparency between what's going on with the officer and how they interact with the public,” another student said.

UWPD Chief Sue Riseling said she would like to have any of the 10 UWPD officers on patrol continually using the $400 cameras by summer. However, the policy they will follow is still a working document.

Man arrested after allegedly throwing rocks at people from roof

Man arrested after allegedly throwing rocks at people from roof

A man who had taken off his pants and was standing on the roof of a building was talked down by Madison police after people said he was throwing rocks at nearby people.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. Tuesday on Henry Street downtown.

According to Madison police, when officers arrived, the man was standing on the roof in a T-shirt and boxers and throwing building materials he had ripped from the roof at officers.

Police said officers tried to make contact with the subject, who seemed to be suffering from mental health or drug/alcohol-related issues.

Negotiators spent about two hours talking with the man before he decided to come down off the roof.

Police said the man was eventually taken to the Dane County Jail on charges unrelated to the incident.

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

Shots fired inside downtown apartment, police say

Shots fired inside downtown apartment, police say

Two shots were fired in a downtown apartment early Wednesday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the 500 block of West Johnson Street at 2:30 a.m. after reports of gunfire.

Police said officers determined that two shots were fired inside and apartment. No one was injured, but there was some property damage.

People believed to be responsible for the shooting are being questioned.

Man arrives at hospital with stab wound to chest

Man arrives at hospital with stab wound to chest

Madison police are trying to determine how a man who arrived at a hospital Tuesday night got a stab wound to the chest.

Police said the 24-year-old showed up at St. Mary’s Hospital at about 10:30 p.m. with a stab wound to the chest.

The man didn’t tell officers how he was injured. Police said they don’t know where the stabbing occurred or who is responsible.

UPDATE: UW Police give all-clear in bomb threat at Memorial Union

UPDATE: UW Police give all-clear in bomb threat at Memorial Union

UW Madison Police have given the all clear after a bomb threat at Memorial Union on the UW campus.

Authorities say the threat was called in to the Dane County Dispatch around 1 a.m. Friday. UW Madison Police and the Madison Police Department responded with an explosive detection K-9 unit to sweep the area.

The Union and parts of Langdon Street were shut down for several hours while the building was being searched. Both are back open.

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

Family, friends keep Tony Robinson memorial going after shooting

A friend of Tony Robinson’s said a cleaning crew was out at 1125 Williamson St. Thursday cleaning up what was left of the shooting scene, but family and friends plan to keep a memorial going.

“I'm surviving. It's the loss of a family member, someone you loved, someone you got to talk to, hug, laugh with, spend time with, converse with,” Melvin Ivy said. “It's hard to regenerate something you'll never be able to have again.”

Ivy, who is the uncle of some of Robinson’s best friends, spent most of his time outside Thursday, rearranging the makeshift memorial people had contributed.

Robinson was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny Friday night. Police said they were responding reports of to a man jumping in and out of traffic and a possible battery at the time.

Police said Kenny entered the residence Robinson went into and was allegedly assaulted by Robinson. That’s when, police said, Kenny fired his weapon.