Attorneys Representing Capitol Dissidents Deplore Capitol Police Brutality and Racial Profiling


National Lawyers Guild Madison Chapter

Two well publicized arrests of African Americans at the Solidarity Sing Along August 26 in the Wisconsin State Capitol showed Capitol Police officers using excessive force and pain compliance techniques. Christopher (C.J.) Terrell’s arms were wrenched behind him and police applied to pressure to the front and side of his neck to immobilize him, after he sat down during his arrest, then he was dragged out with arms pinned behind him. Six officers tackled Damon Terrell, pinned him to the marble rotunda floor, twisted his wrist, and carried him out in a prone position face down; he was later charged with felony assault of an officer although he appears to be the victim. On August 21 a young woman was arrested using pain compliance as well. [Read our full press release here]

Video of the events, showing excessive use of force by police officers, is available here:

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November 1st: Build the Guild

You’re Invited! [pdf]

Thursday, November 1st
5-7 pm
at Cardinal Bar
418 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703

Join us at our November social where we bring together our regular
members, prospective members, and the attorneys who have volunteered to
combat the Capitol crackdown on free speech. The Guild seeks to be a
progressive community for lawyers, law students, and legal workers and to
fight for social justice causes. Come, meet with progressive the progressive legal
community and help BUILD THE GUILD in Madison! There will be free snacks
and free pitchers of beer. We hope to see you there!

Madison NLG Business Meeting Thursday, Oct 4th 6pm

The Madison Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild invites you to join us for our monthly meeting to talk about Guild business! National Lawyers Guild members as well as lawyers, law students, and legal workers interested in learning more about our organization are encouraged to attend. Send suggested agenda items to There will be light SNACKS.

The Madison Chapter meets every first Thursday of the month, business meetings on even numbered months and social meetings on odd numbered months. If you can’t make it to this meeting, pencil us in for our social meeting in November!

What: NLG Business Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 4th
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Place: Goodman South Madison Branch Public Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison
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Who is invited: NLG members as well as lawyers, law students, and legal workers interested in learning more about our organization