Aug 18, 201604:39 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison alders, make your checks payable to Chief Mike Koval
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This is delicious. Soon enough, the Madison Common Council will be forced to vote for or against spending taxpayer money to reimburse police Chief Mike Koval’s defense against a frivolous complaint that its Progressive Dane contingent encouraged bringing in the first place.
Madame clerk, please call the roll.
Sharon Irwin, grandmother of the deceased drug abuser Tony Terrell Robinson Jr., is suing Chief Koval for, among other transgressions, rolling his eyes during one of Ms. Irwin’s rants before the Common Council. And that is among the more serious of Ms. Irwin’s kvetches filed Monday before the Police and Fire Commission. Irwin disgorges her streams of consciousness (lucid or otherwise) before the Council frequently to complain about the police, who shot and killed Robinson Jr. after he attacked a police officer in March 2015.
The complaint alleges Koval was “unprofessional” at the council meeting of June 7 for calling Irwin “a raging lunatic” after she pursued him down the steps from the second-floor council chambers and almost into the restricted area of the police department’s inner offices. While in chambers, Koval apparently banged the table in front of him as Irwin, by her admission, went over the time limit in her diatribe. (It is Your Humble Bloggeur’s experience that anti-cop speakers are routinely allowed to exceed the three-minute time limit in Madison, while supporters are not.)
Irwin’s complaint alleges “lack of dignity,” “disregard for my values and me,” and discourtesy, among other generic terms — all in supposed violation of MPD’s Code of Conduct, Standard Operating Procedures, and City of Madison Administrative Procedure Memos.
What is Irwin’s complaint? Better we should say, what is Brenda Konkel’s complaint? Madame Brenda outlined a template for such a complaint on her blog on June 30; it’s part of the Progressive Dane political party’s war on cops. (Chapter and verse here.) The former alderman and law school graduate reported Irwin’s complaint on the very day it was filed, beating the Wisconsin State Journal’s account by a full day.
Something I did not know: Chief Koval has to pay for his own legal defense, should the PFC take seriously the Irwin/Konkel complaint. Given the political climate in Madison, that seems possible. But if he does prevail, which seems likely, the city — meaning taxpayers — picks up the tab.
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Chief Koval informed Mayor Soglin that he intends “to request that the city reimburse my legal fees if the case results in a favorable outcome for me, pursuant to Section 62.09(7)(e), Wis. Statutes. … Once this matter has been resolved, if it is found satisfactorily in my favor, I will be submit a resolution to request official reimbursement.” (Koval’s letter.)
It should be great fun watching the Progressive Dane contingent squirm as the roll is called on that Council vote!
One more thing: we can supply plenty of witnesses who will testify that Chief Koval showed remarkable restraint during that meeting while alders went tooth and tong against supporters of MPD who dared to so testify that June evening.
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