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Supervisor unlocks doors for protesters, prompts official ire

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials say a Dane County supervisor created security concerns, when he unlocked Madison's city hall and allowed one hundred protesters inside the building, in the hours after a police officer's fatal shooting of teenage suspect Tony Robinson.

"He overstepped his authority," Dane County board chairperson Sharon Corrigan tells 27 News, of Supervisor Leland Pan's actions March 7.

In a letter to Dane County executive Joe Parisi, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval wrote Pan "...put everyone's safety at risk," when Pan gained access to the building through police security, and then opened doors for the stream of demonstrators.  

Surveillance video obtained by 27 News shows Pan facilitating protesters entering the building, some of them carrying signs.

Corrigan tells 27 News Pan said he had reasons for opening the building.

"What he told me is he felt like he was trying to help the family talk to some individuals,"  Corrigan tells 27 News.  Prior to Pan opening city hall doors, protesters outside were expressing concerns about police questioning of two of Robinson's friends inside the building.

Pan - a 2014 of UW-Madison - has yet to respond to phone calls, emails, and a visit to his campus area apartment from 27 News.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Pan has no intention to apologize his actions, http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/official-whose-keys-were-taken-wouldn-t-apologize-for-letting/article_7514c19f-6180-5ff5-8d3f-97a7c6d4abbc.html

Koval's letter states he asked Pan to surrender his building key and electronic pass card.  Corrigan says Pan indicated he will not ask for their return.

The Capital Times reports Pan considered the contents of Koval's letter "bullying,"  http://bit.ly/1C2Zi9h

Koval's letter states some of the chants of protesters before entering the building were threatening.  According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Pan said Koval's characterization of what Pan believed was a largely peaceful crowd betrayed bias.  "I think that's a demonstration of racial bias because the composition of the crowd was different than other demonstrations in Madison. There were more people of color,"  Pan told the newspaper.

"We house a jail, a juvenile detention center, the 911 public safety operations for the entire county are housed in this building,"  Corrigan says.

"We have a responsibility to the people who work in those areas and to county, to make sure those functions are protected,"  Corrigan tells 27 News.

Corrigan says she's exploring whether board members have the option of considering a formal censure of Pan, although she says there's no formal proposal to do so at this point.



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