TC Indymedia: WI State Police amass weapons, riot gear in unmarked vehicles @ Madison Crowne Plaza motel on Washington Ave. night before massive protestBy syndicated_content on 12 Mar 2011
Unmarked Silverado pickups and black Suburbans fully loaded with riot gear; watch out for license plates "EE29**" and "EZ75**"
Madison WI - Early AM March 12 2011 - With a massive protest just hours away at the Wisconsin State Capitol, the State Patrol and park rangers are gathering their forces for the night at the Crowne Plaza on Washington Avenue E near Interstate 94, and their unmarked vehicles are packed with gear including plastic flexicuffs and at least two large rifles in a pickup truck.
At least seven standard State Patrol cruisers are in the Crowne Plaza parking lot, two white park ranger pickup trucks, two marked large State Patrol SUVs, and several unmarked vehicles packed with gear, front-seat laptop mounts, and police vests.
The trial of six green campaigners has collapsed after an undercover policeman who had infiltrated their group offered to give evidence on their behalf.
The six were charged with conspiring to shut down the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham in 2009.
The case was due to start on Monday, but was abandoned after Pc Mark Kennedy contacted the defence team to say he would be prepared to help them.
The prosecution subsequently dropped their case.