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Sun Prairie parents hold discussion about race and police following Robinson shooting

Following Tony Robinson's officer-involved shooting death, a group of Sun Prairie parents felt a more urgent need to hold an already-planned open dialog on race and police.

So, about 60 Sun Prairie residents met inside the Prairie Phoenix Academy Thursday night along with Sun Prairie Police officers, school district officials and the Sun Prairie African American Parent Network.

While emotions were still raw over the March 6 shooting, this discussion actually started after AAPN President Jerry Ruffin's sons met with a Sun Prairie police sergeant, after they felt like they were being racially profiled while driving.

Ruffin felt he had a productive conversation with police after the incident. Now, he wants to expand that conversation to other African American community members, especially young people in Sun Prairie.

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Group plans meeting to openly address race, police in city

A community group is hosting a meeting this week with the city police department to discuss race and police in Sun Prairie. 

President of the Sun Prairie African American Parent Network Jerry Ruffin confirmed the meeting will take place at Prairie Phoenix Academy, 160 South St., in Sun Prairie from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Police Chief Patrick Anhalt and Assistant Chief Scott A. Faust are scheduled to participate.

Sun Prairie boys rank female classmates in bracket

Teachers at Sun Prairie High School are discussing a "tournament bracket" in their classes, created by boys at the school ranking their female classmates.

Dozens of students have been sparring on Twitter over its existence. Teachers have criticized the existence of the document, and it's been talked about in numerous class periods.

“I was so mad, I personally even went home on Tuesday because it made me so angry,” says Cara Scott, a Sun Prairie high school student.

Scott says the brackets were passed out by boys during the school hours.

“They also had piles of them in the bathrooms - in the boys’ bathroom only though, so boys could pick them up and fill them out,” she says.

Scott calls the bracket demeaning to girls at the school.

City garage sales planned for first weekend in May

The city said on its website that the garage sales are planned for the first weekend in May this year. 

Sun Prairie said the citywide garage sale will begin on Thursday, April 30 and continue through Saturday, May 2. 

To register, contact Steve Stocker at 608-445-2676 or steve.stocker.53590@gmail.com, or pick one up a form at Stop N Go, Kwik Trip or Copps Foods.

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Sun Prairie police ID person of interest thanks to assistance from public

The Sun Prairie Police Department said thanks to help from the public, they have identified a man who is a person of interest in an incident that happened Saturday.

The incident happened in Sun Prairie but officials could not release the details of the incident.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Koval tells black church leaders he 'desperately' seeks forgiveness

The most emotional moments during a Friday night forum African-American church leaders hosted to help mourners prepare for Tony Robinson's funeral came as Madison Police Chief Mike Koval talked about what his department's officer-involved shooting death has meant for him.

"One day...I hope everybody in this room can respect that I don't want to be defined by this," Koval said at The Faith Place Church. "We do a lot of good. For a lot of people. I hope at some point there can be some forgiveness. I desperately seek that."

Koval made reference to the Robinson family during his speech, saying Madison would not have remained as peaceful if it were not for how they chose to publicly handle their family tragedy.

Youth group offers teens theatrical artistic outlet

A community youth group will have its first meeting Sunday for area teens to have a place to discuss their experiences and translate them to theatrical art. 

The Sun Prairie Proud Theater chapter will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. The Sun Prairie Star reported that students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend.

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