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Madison police involved in Edgewood College recall incident

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison police official says his department is now investigating the alleged destruction of a recall petition at Edgewood College, days after college officials declined to contact authorities about the potential felony crime.

A student's alleged destruction of a petition of a small number of signatures to recall Governor Scott Walker also involved a tweet from the student's account to the governor, claiming responsibility for ripping up the petition.

Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says 911 Center call notes show someone contacted police officials Monday to alert officers to the alleged November 15 crime.

Student witness Mary Platt said she was interviewed by an officer Monday. Platt said a student walked up to a signature collection station on campus, took a petition from a circulator, ripped it up and left.

Last week, Edgewood's assistant dean of students said while student witnesses were encouraged to contact police, campus officials would defer to them and not contact authorities.  Edgewood's dean of students notified the campus community of the potential felony crime and campus policies on the recall effort.

The student believed responsible for destroying the petition is from DePere and has not responded to an email message from Newsline 9's sister station, WKOW27 News seeking comment.

WKOW first reported on the alleged elections crime Wednesday and the failure of campus officials to notify police. DeSpain says an Edgewood College official contacted him Monday about the incident.

A spokesperson for Gov. Walker has yet to explain what actions were taken as a result of the tweet from the student's account to the governor.  

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