A Lutheran pastor from Madison suffered cardiac symptoms while in police custody on Friday, July 26, after being arrested in the Wisconsin Capitol during what Capitol Police deemed an "unlawful assembly" of the Solidarity Sing Along.

As the Rev. Carter Dary, 67, was being taken to the basement of the Capitol for processing, he began experiencing chest pain. Capitol Police placed a nitroglycerin capsule from Dary's keychain in his hand without removing his handcuffs. (His hands were cuffed in front of him instead of behind him after he told officers he was having chest pain.) Patrick Knowles, who was also arrested, was with Dary at the time and said later, "I was told by someone released after me that they had to try three times to get his blood pressure."

Dary was still hospitalized Saturday morning but was in stable and satisfactory condition.

This was not the first time that a peaceful dissenter experienced a medical emergency while handcuffed in police custody. Last September, disabled veteran Dawn Henke collapsed while being swarmed by police as she exited the building. A legislative aide to Rep. Mary Williams (R-Ladysmith) had pushed the newly installed panic button in her office when she heard singing in the hallway.

And on Thursday, the police snatched away the crutch of a woman who is recovering from major hip surgery. As Frieda Schowalter was being arrested, she begged the police officer to return her crutch, giving out the name of her doctor for confirmation of her diagnosis. The officer ignored her request. According to Schowalter, in order to avoid sharp pain to her hip, she has to walk slowly, take small steps, and limit her weight bearing on one leg. She is very guarded in how she sets her foot down. She explained how she pleaded with the police to stop and listen to her, but they wouldn't. Officer Calhoun informed her he was an EMT and dismissively said, "You'll be fine." He continued to march her downstairs to be processed, taking big steps and walking fast, according to Schowalter.

In a conversation with a friend, which was shared with WCMC, Pastor Dary said police were attentive and comforting after learning of his medical condition and called EMS and waited with him. He thinks tensions are high among officers due to stress of having to carry out orders from Police Chief David Erwin, whom he called a "Grade A coward."

He would like to see officers start refusing to carry out orders they believe are unethical or violate the oath that police officers take.

Donations can be made to the First Amendment Protection Fund at: http://solidaritysingalong.org/.

This article was reprinted with permission from the Wisconsin Citizen's Media Cooperative.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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