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UPDATE: DA orders release of teenager arrested at East Towne Mall

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Genele Laird was released from jail this evening at 7:45 on the order of the Dane County District Attorney. 


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Genele Laird did not go through court like her family expected.  A group of about 25 people filled the viewing room inside court waiting for Laird to go through.  

Family members were devastated when they heard the news, because it would have been the first time they've been able to Laird since she was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Her sister Dierdre Thompson is worried about her well being.

"All I can do is just watch the video and try not to fall apart every time, but she lived it and she has to sit in there, in jail, and have the bruises and think about the situation. She can't talk to people who love and understand her," Thompson says.

The family was joined by a group of more than 25 community activists. Many in the group were also upset that Laird did not appear in court Thursday. They voiced their commitment to coming back on Friday. They say they'll bring the same passion and intensity they brought into the court room Thursday afternoon.

"I called the sheriff's office and they said this was going to happen today," Thompson explains. "Whether she's going to get out or not, at least she would go to court and then should be able to set her visiting list and we could go and see her."


MADISON (WKOW) -- Family of Genele Laird tell 27 News, she has a scheduled court appearance early this afternoon. 

Laird, 18, is the suspect in an arrest video that went viral.  She's accused of threatening an East Towne Mall employee with a knife and being violent, resisting police during her arrest.  Some who have seen the arrest video argue that the two Madison Police officers who arrested her used excessive force. 

In court, Laird will be facing charges of disorderly conduct while armed, resisting police (causing injury), battery to a police officer and discharging bodily fluids.  She was still in jail as of Thursday morning. 

In light of recent events, Thursday night, Freedom Inc. is planning a community meeting they're calling Justice for Genele.  The gathering is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bayview Community Center.  According to the group's post, they will be meeting to "dialogue on justice" for Laird, as they feel she was treated unfairly during her arrest outside East Towne Mall. 

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