MADISON (WKOW) — A large group of juveniles refused to leave a Madison library causing police to forcefully remove some of them Monday afternoon, according to the Madison Police Department.
Authorities said about 15 to 20 juveniles were being loud at Madison Public Library’s Lakeview Branch on North Sherman Avenue at about 5 p.m. A librarian asked them to leave and they refused. The Madison Police Department arrived and tried to get the young people to go, but police said the juveniles announced they did not have to leave, told police that they didn’t have to listen to them and said they could not touch them.
Officers spent about 10 minutes trying to deescalate the situation until they began escorting some of the juveniles out. During that process, authorities said a girl knocked over a trash can and kicked an officer in the groin as he grabbed her arm. Another juvenile kicked a chair which caused a bookshelf to fall.
Police said the young people began yelling and swearing at the officers. Officers said gang signs were shown, trash was thrown and kicked around and one child was postured as if he wanted to fight one of the officers.
“The crowd outnumbered the police. They were loud and frenzied,” wrote a detective in his report.
The North District Community Police Team was brought in to help the original four officers.
Five juveniles were given municipal citations for things like disorderly conduct, trespass after notification, and resisting.