Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony

Rusk County investigators Riley Kummet, left, and Zach Dieckman perform the honor guard function of standing watch around the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial on May 19 before the annual ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the state Capitol. Their colleague, Deputy Dan T. Glaze, who was killed in the line of duty, was one of three law enforcement officers' names added to the monument this year. PHOTO BY M.P. KING/STATE JOURNAL

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

Madison police and state Capitol police are investigating incidents in which vandals defaced monuments to Wisconsinites who fought against fascism and to law enforcement officers who were slain in the line of duty.

We appreciated the response that Mayor Paul Soglin made last week — after a vandal spray-painted swastikas on the memorial to Wisconsinites who opposed anti-Semitism, racism and fascism before World War II. Addressing those responsible for the vandalism, he said: “I ask that they come forward not to be punished but to explain themselves. True patriots never hide and attack in the darkness; striking in silence and in the shadows lies in the heart of cowards and fools.”

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The desecration of monuments to inspire fear or anger does not advance or inspire honest debate. It mangles the discourse at a time when we need more dialogue, more engagement and more respect for one another.

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