Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
A reliable source told me the following that she heard on Jeff Wagner’s program today on WTMJ-AM.
Last Saturday, WTMJ meteorologist Brian Gotter was driving through
After picking apples, Gotter stopped on Highway 36 to take a picture of the Franklin Police Department. He also stopped and took a picture of the Franklin Library.
Understandable. They’re pretty nice looking buildings that look great on TV.
Soon after, Gotter noticed a
The officer informed a surprised Gotter that a citizen had called to complain that someone with Gotter’s license plate number was taking pictures of public buildings.
Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva went on the air with Wagner to answer questions about probable cause and Gotter being “detained.” Oliva defended his officer saying the department needs to respond to citizen complaints.
So it has to come to this.
Life sure has changed since 9/11, but this seems like a complete over-reaction.
What about personal rights and liberties?
Shouldn’t complaints to the local police be legitimate? Some busybody needs to get a life.
Taking photographs outdoors in
I don’t play the “what if” game when all kinds of hypotheses are dished out to rationalize an action.
I know Chief Oliva, like and respect him very much. I commend him for backing his officer. However, this situation begs for that often used phrase about the police apparently having nothing better to do.
What a wonderful example of goodwill ambassadorship, told on the state’s largest, most listened to radio station.
You think Gotter has fond memories of
You think he’ll ever drive here again?
Say nice things about
The chief spoke at this week’s listening session held by the mayor on the city budget and warned that if he loses officers, fewer traffic stops would be made. If that means fewer stops like the one of Brian Gotter, that would be fine with me.
Here is the audio from Wagner's show.