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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.

If you haven’t signed the petition supporting our Madison Police, you can do so here. We’re just shy of 2,500.


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Aug 18, 2016 10:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"high-falutin’ gibberish". Really? Pot, meet kettle. But you gibberish is much lower on the falutin' scale.

Aug 19, 2016 12:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, you need to enroll in the UW's "cultural fluency" program so you can better understand the legitimate grievances of Sharon Irwin and her BLM enablers. The lofty purpose of this program, according to a State Journal article, is "to provide a foundation of civility and respect for all people ...." Especially those who've done nothing to earn anyone's civility and respect. Another example, like the costly boondoggle to provide make-work summer jobs for inner-city gangbangers, of liberals' touching, childlike faith in the perfectibility of human nature. A faith that generates an endless stream of expensive, feel-good programs whose repeated failure does nothing to dissuade the true believers from their goals or from demanding that the rest of us fund them.

Aug 19, 2016 02:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Which alders on are Progressive Dane member?

Aug 19, 2016 02:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The funny thing about blaska is he thinks writing this blog fulfills waking up (somewhat debatable), learning, working, saving and contributing to the community.

Most says he goes 1/5 and I guess a .200 batting average might seem good on some teams.

Aug 19, 2016 07:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thank you for being the voice of reason, David.

Aug 20, 2016 07:08 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Failed parenting and failed grand parenting. Tony Robinson was groomed for the failed life he led. A convicted violent felon (on probation) ingests hallucinogenic drugs, goes on a rampage and then confronts an armed police officer. Didn't that sweet grandmother ever offer the gentle giant some life advice? She has just become another attention seeker trying to stay in the spotlight. She should be on her knees begging God for forgiveness. I'm so glad we have Koval as chief.

Aug 20, 2016 10:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your compassion knows no bounds, Blaska.

Aug 21, 2016 12:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You're not actually accusing someone of voting against his/her best interests, are you? Because that sounds suspiciously like what Democrats have said about working people in northern Wisconsin who have voted for Scott Walker overwhelmingly, only to watch him drastically reduce funding for their schools and out-state UW campuses.

Aug 22, 2016 09:24 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Aldermen who are members of the far-Left Progressive Dane political party:
Barbara Harrington-McKinney, District 1
Ledell Zellers, District 2
Mike Verveer, District 4
Marsha Rummel, District 6
David Ahrens, District 15
Samba Baldeh, District 17
Rebecca Kemble, District 18

Aug 22, 2016 03:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The level of anger at those whose opinions are different from yours is astonishing here. Do you really believe that liberals are the cause of all evil in this country? The young man was carrying a gun, which was the reason for his demise. Do you not carry a gun and urge others to? Guns are made and sold at an alarming clip in this country. Do you think that trend exists in a vacuum without situations like this the increasingly inevitable result?

Your solution seems to be that people need to get their acts together, and I can't find fault with that. But they need help to do that, particularly those who are now three or more generations deep in poverty and can't-do thinking. Do you actually think it only takes a drill sergeant mentality to turn it around? These people have enormous problems and needs. The illiteracy rate is out of control. They don't know how to find a job, let alone apply for, get and keep one. There's no example for doing so in many of these households.

Blaming is apparently the reason for this column. I'd like to see something about solutions, specifically solutions I can help with. I'm certainly not going to donate to a politician.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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