One evening in March 2011, Wisconsin state representative Corey Mason (D – Racine) gained national fame (via Breitbart.com) as “Wisconsin’s Benedict Arnold,” for his role in opening the locked doors of the state Capitol Building, allowing thousands of protesters angry about Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reforms to illegally occupy it.
Never again — one would think — would a Wisconsin public official dare risk such opprobrium by lawlessly letting an angry mob into a locked government building. But one would think wrong. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce, progressive hero Karl Marx once observed. Elements of both tragedy and farce mark this newest betrayal of public trust in Wisconsin.
On the evening of March 6, 2015, a 19-year-old Madison native, Tony Robinson, was shot and killed by a police officer who was responding to a 911 call reporting that Robinson had attacked two people, attempting to strangle one. Robinson was shot after he attacked, and injured, the officer. Robinson apparently had a violent streak to begin with (he had recently been convicted of an armed home invasion, using a shotgun), one exacerbated that night by Robinson’s overdose on hallucinogenic mushrooms, which evidently triggered the bizarre, violent behavior that ended in his tragic death.
If Robinson was white, or if the police officer was black, the incident would have received little notice among Madison-area progressives. But because he was bi-racial (his father is black; his mother is white), and because the police officer was white, Robinson’s death immediately became a cause célèbre among radical anarchic protesters who once operated under the “Occupy Banner,” and who now hoist the “#BlackLivesMatter” banner, assisted by more than $30 million in donations from rich progressives like George Soros (money which fueled the November, 2014, riots in Ferguson, Missouri).
Without waiting to learn the actual facts regarding this police shooting, these anarchists immediately commenced a campaign to cause general public disorder. The first protest was held late that night, outside Madison’s City-County Building. The building was locked and guarded, ensuring the protesters could not illegally occupy it. At first, the protest was apparently lawful and peaceful.
Then, suddenly, somehow, one of the doors became unlocked, and the protesters surged into the building, occupying it and speechifying about their anarchic movement.
But how did the protesters gain access to the locked government building? Perhaps Rep. Corey Mason was afoot?
The mystery was solved by Jake Kurtz (@ByJakeKurtz), managing editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, who yesterday reported that a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors has been fingered as the culprit.
Pan’s biography is pretty much what you’d expect from a radical politician who would do something like this. A member of the Green Party, as a college student in Madison he was a member of numerous left-wing groups. First elected in 2012, and recently reelected by a 10-point-margin, he “considers racial disparities in Dane County to be his main concern,” and he also aims to “guarantee housing and employment for everyone in the county,” and make “Dane County a fair place to live for everyone despite race, identity or sexual preference . . . .” Oh, and legalize marijuana.
Mr. Kurtz’s story was followed up today by an excellent article in Madison’s Wisconsin State Journal (by Steven Verburg) which added further details, including copies of the letters from the Dane County Executive and the Madison police chief excoriating Pan’s illegal actions, and this surveillance video, catching the supervisor red-handed. Enjoy the video!
Update (3/20): And here is a video with excerpts from Leland Pan’s political life. It suggests it’s hardly surprising that Pan would illegally facilitate the entry of a mob of racist agitators, led by professional community organizers, into a locked government building. At 3:10 to 3:32, Pan says part of his job as a elected local official is to help facilitate community organizers in doing “what they wanna do.” And at 3:55 to 5:10, he says that Madison is a hostile, racist city, and he suggests that its residents need to be forced to confront racial issues (the agenda of the racial agitators as confirmed by video shot inside the building, which appears at the end).
Update 2 (3/20): After initially declining to comment on the allegations made against him, Leland Pan is now complaining that those criticizing him for illegally letting a mob of protesters into a locked government building at night are guilty of bullying him.
Update 3 (3/20): Today’s AP report summarizing the Leland Pan story is here.