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Supervisor defends unlocking doors to allow protestors in City Hall

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MADISON (WKOW)-- A Dane County supervisor is defending what he did the night a Madison police officer shot and killed a 19-year old man, even though law enforcement says he put people's safety at risk.

Supervisor Leland Pan unlocked the doors to City Hall and allowed 100 protestors inside, hours after the officer involved shooting.

“We as County Board supervisors are community leaders and representatives of our community, it's our job to stand up for what we believe is right,” Pan said.

Pan says he won't comment specifically on his actions the night of March 6, when Tony Robinson was fatally shot. But surveillance video from Madison's City County Building, shows Pan allowing protesters inside.

Police chief Mike Koval says Pan's actions put everyone's safety at risk. Pan disagrees, saying the protesters did not pose a threat.

“They were frustrated with not having access to more information, but they, I think, behaved very well,” Pan said. “And I think the organizers of the protest were very committed to ensuring that folks stayed productive.”

But as a result of his actions, Pan's 24-hour access to the building was revoked.

“I mean, if that's what Chief Koval feels he needs to feel like he has control of the situation, than i'm willing to give that up,” Pan said.

The County Board Chair says Pan could also face a possible censure.

“I would hope that some of my colleagues on the board see the bigger picture issue, which is that we have huge racial disparities that we need to address and we have community members active and engaged on this issue, and willing to tackle this issue, and that we should be working with them,” Pan said. “And we should be distracted by sideshows.”

And though he's been asked by the board to apologize, Pan has no plans to do that.

“I stand with communities of color trying to achieve racial justice,” Pan said. “And I don't think I need to apologize for standing with them.”

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