Evers Proposes New Policing Initiatives

Police lights. MWC file photo.
Police lights. MWC file photo.

MADISON, WI (MetroSouce-WSAU) A series of legislative proposals have been put forward by Governor Tony Evers in an effort to reduce confrontations between the community and law enforcement.

One bill establishes statewide use of force standards that emphasize preservation of life and the use of deadly force only as a last resort. 

Another bill would require police agencies to develop policies prohibiting the use of chokeholds, prohibiting no-knock search warrants and requiring the Department of Justice to publish an annual report on use of force incidents.

Evers has spoken out against proposals to defund or dismantle police departments, calling those ideas "not practical solutions." Milwaukee's city council is debating whether to steer millions of dollars in police funding towards social programs. A Madison-based activist group Freedom, Inc. has called for less police funding. School distrcits in Milwaukee and Madison are considering stopping the use of school resource officers.

Tom King

Tom grew up in Wausau listening to sports on WSAU and music on our sister stations WRIG and WIFC and decided early on that that was where he wanted to be. After graduating from Wausau East in the mid 70's Tom headed to UWSP. He worked at the college radio station WWSP and weekends on WIFC while earning a degree in Communication.

After college he worked a year at WKAU radio in the Fox Valley before returning to Wausau and moving into radio sales. He missed the on-air work and returned to the air when WOFM went on the air and when it was purchased by Midwest Communications was asked to take on the sports position on WSAU. He has spent the last 13 years as part of the WSAU morning team while also broadcasting Wausau East sports and contributing to the morning show on WIFC.

If you listen to the show you know that Tom is the coach of the Wausau American Legion Baseball team. He's married (Sandy) with two sons (Wade & Cory) and spends his spare time reading, listening to music, watching movies and tv shows and following most of the major sports.