- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Milwaukee chief: Officer shot man after struggle

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee police officer shot and killed a man Wednesday in a popular downtown park after a struggle in which the man grabbed the officer’s baton and struck him in the head.

The park where the shooting took place is one of the most visible areas of the city with workers frequenting a Starbucks there, children skating at the ice rink and, in warmer weather, teens and young adults gathering to ride unicycles. The park also is across the street from the historic City Hall building downtown, and many people inside heard the shots, including Bill Arnold, the public information manager for the city of Milwaukee.

Arnold said he was on the other side of the building on the third floor when he heard six to eight shots in “quick succession” and walked to the north side to see what happened. He had little doubt they were gunshots.

“We made that determination quickly because of the way the sound reverberated and the quickness of the sounds all in a row: bam, bam, bam, bam,” he said.

He looked outside and saw police officers and first responders doing chest compressions on the suspect.

Police Chief Ed Flynn said the beat officer in that neighborhood had gone to the park after receiving a call about a man who was lying on the ground. When the officer arrived, he helped the man to his feet and then started to check him for weapons.

“A struggle ensued. The officer withdrew his baton, and it is our understanding that he began to defend himself, at which time, the subject took it from him,” Flynn said. “The subject began to beat the officer with the wooden baton, striking him in the head.”

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Walker doesn’t disclose total book payment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker did not disclose Wednesday how much he was paid to write a book he released last fall, providing only the bare minimum required on a statement of economic interest form he filed with state regulators.

The form showed Walker received payment of more than $1,000 from his publisher for “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” which was released in November. Walker co-wrote the book with Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

Walker’s book further fueled speculation that the first-term Republican governor is positioning himself for a 2016 presidential run. Walker faces re-election in November; he’ll be challenged by likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive. Burke is required to file her statement of economic interest by June 5.

Walker has declined to say how much he was paid for the book, which detailed his high-profile 2011 fight with public unions and the subsequent recall election. Penguin Group imprint Sentinel, the book’s publisher, has also declined to say how much Walker was paid.

As of Sunday, the book had sold 18,000 copies in six months, according to Nielsen. Its numbers account for about 85 percent of the print book market. Nielsen does not track any e-book sales.

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