Aug 23, 201612:40 PMBlaska's Bring It!
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Brenda Konkel & Ald. Verveer part of cabal persecuting Chief Koval
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As the Trumpster says, what the hell do you have to lose?
A press release crossed the news desk here at the Blaska Policy Werkes trumpeting another complaint against Madison police Chief Mike Koval filed with the Police and Fire Commission. Like the one in the name of Sharon Irwin a week ago, this one is filed on behalf of another stalwart in the Black Lives Matter movement, one Shadayra Kilroy-Flores.
It’s the same old complaint (discussed here): Koval rolled his eyes and disrespected people who shouted at him. (Be forewarned, we have witnesses who will testify that the chief was admirably restrained, given the provocations.)
What caught the gimlet eye of the white lab coats here is the name of the contact person listed on the press release: Al Matano.
I know Al; served with him on county board. Al is Progressive Dane, big time.
So is the entire legalistic offensive against Madison police. Progressive Dane bought a first-class ticket on the Black Lives Matter victim train and now they’re driving it.
Former Progressive Dane chairman and alder Brenda Konkel promotes the complaint on her blog and, more damnably, on Progressive Dane’s own website.
“Support our petition to support our Alders in filing a complaint with the Police and Fire Commission against Chief Koval,” it reads.
Which raises a juicy conflict of interest question. The president of the Madison Common Council, Mike Verveer, has appointed a subcommittee to review citizen-police relations.
Mark your calendars!
Verveer is Progressive Dane, as are two of his appointments to the subcommittee: Marsha Rummel and Rebecca Kemble. Rummel once proposed the city honor the drug-crazed felon who attacked a Madison police officer, Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. (The other three subcommittee members are Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Denise DeMarb, and Sheri Carter.)
This incestuous group is supposed to hear citizens discussing their interactions with police, propose “ways to improve them,” explore policing methods in other cities, examine MPD’s policing policies, and then make short-term recommendations to the full council. Isn’t that what the $400,000 study is supposed to accomplish? Isn’t that stepping all over another committee, the ad hoc Committee on Police Policies and Procedures? Which is yet another committee lacking any moderates, much less conservatives.
(Other far-left Progressive Dane Party loyalists inhabiting the council are Alds. Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Ledell Zellers, David Ahrens, and Samba “Don’t shoot me, Chief” Baldeh.)
Progressive Dane is trying to keelhaul Koval at the PFC. Yet they’re supposed to review, dispassionately, citizen-police relations? That’s a stacked deck, comrades. Verveer and his PD comrades have unclean hands. He should disband the Subcommittee on Police and Community Relations and do so quickly.
Real change, not political grievance mongering
Ald. Paul Skidmore, the only alder to vote against the $400,000 police proctology, will introduce for next year’s city budget a pilot program of 50 police body cameras in the north police district. Cost: $60,000. The project will allow the city to evaluate their usefulness.
Now that is something real and helpful.