Police beheading video

A screen shot from a UW student's video that has drawn fire from a state lawmaker.  

A Republican state senator wants an investigation into a University of Wisconsin-Madison student’s video depicting actors wearing anti-police slogans decapitating a pig-like person wearing a police uniform.

The video was posted by Eneale Pickett, a UW-Madison junior who last year gained attention by marketing a T-shirt that reads, “All white people are racist.” The video is billed as a commercial for his new line of clothing, branded “No Justice.” The clothing features provocative slogans about racism, sexism, violence and police.  

"This vile and racist anti-police video is clearly a direct threat to the brave men and women that serve behind the badge,” said a statement from state Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, who sits on the Senate Education Committee. “UW-Madison must immediately hold these students accountable and that should include an investigation by the local police and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.”

In a brief interview Pickett said: “My only comment is, I have every right to do this. This is free speech. This is the same senator that supports free speech. But he only supports free speech when it comes to white supremacy.”

Nass, a frequent UW critic, has pushed for a stronger conservative voice on campus, which he claims is stifled by a liberal bias. 

The video, posted on a UW-Madison website, depicts police officers wearing pig heads lynching an African American man with an American flag. It ends with a machete-wielding man holding a bloodied pig head. The man is wearing a white sweatshirt with the words, “F--- the police, they the biggest gang in Amerikkka.”

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The video has since been removed, but it can be seen on Nass’ website.

The university released a statement that says: “UW-Madison strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, while allowing everyone to share ideas and political views in exercise of their free speech rights. However, the university strongly condemns the glorification of violence such as that contained in the promotion of a student-produced clothing line."

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Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.