About 20 minutes later, after he’d gone inside, Furdge heard Monona Police officers enter the home.
Toren Young, Furdge’s friend and roommate, who was not home at the time of the police encounter, said in a social media post that one officer later told him it is “very common for them to get calls from members of the community because they fear black people.”
“They stated a black person can be doing something as simple as walking their dog and the police are called to make sure nothing suspicious is going on,” Young wrote on Facebook.
In a statement, Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga said one of the officers involved in the incident apologized to Furdge personally.
“The Monona Police Department is committed to creating an environment of trust and empathy in all our interactions between the public and our peace officers,” Ostrenga said in a statement released Tuesday.