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Aug 4, 201612:35 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison police supporters counter racism complaint made to the feds

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The Support Our Madison Police movement believes that black lives DO matter — as ALL lives matter. That includes the blue lives we send into harm’s way to confront dangerous people who threaten our safety.

Over 2,500 front yards display the blue and yellow “We Support Our Madison Police” signs with more going up every day. The movement presented its petition supporting MPD (you can still sign on) at the July 19 council meeting. (Your favorite blog details it here.) This nonpartisan movement is supported by liberals and conservatives, black and white, east side, north side, south, and west side.

Elected leaders are finally hearing from John and Jane Q. Citizen — not just the nihilists. Now the Madison Common Council wants “to get the discussion rolling on ways to improve community relations with the police,” as the Wisconsin State Journal puts it.

One way would be to replace all of the alders except Paul Skidmore. Because the other 19 have been kowtowing to the local Black Lives Matter extremists. The other 19 have given tacit approval to BLM’s depiction of Madison police as bloodthirsty, Jim Crow racists.

Q. Who did Council president Mike Verveer appoint to this police/community relations committee?

A. Alds. Sheri Carter, Denise DeMarb, Marsha Rummel, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, and Rebecca Kemble. They are the MPD lynch mob. Rummel once proposed that the city honor the drug-crazed convicted felon who died attacking a police officer.

Verveer, Rummel, and Kemble are Progressive Dane. That radical Left political party is petitioning to bring Police Chief Mike Koval up on misconduct charges! (That petition has fewer than half the signatories of our support-the-police petition.)

Don’t patrol high-crime areas?

No longer will the majority of Madison citizens allow a noisy minority to hijack the public discourse. We are fighting misinformation with good information.

That includes the request for a federal civil rights investigation of MPD sent July 25 to U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil. Among the 15 signing are Brandi Grayson and Matthew Braunginn of Young, Gifted & Black, Gloria Ladson-Billings of UW–Madison, Madison Urban League head Ruben Anthony Jr., and (sadly) Kaleem Caire.

Madison mounted police do community outreach with Midvale Heights neighbors.

They allege that the Madison Police Department is guilty of “patterns and practices [of] civil rights infractions.” As evidence, they contend MPD “disproportionately target[s] areas that are known for Madison’s Black citizens to congregate, such as bus transfer points, malls, and specific neighborhoods.” (Read their letter and weep.)

Can you believe it? The police are supposed to stand down from patrolling heavily trafficked venues like bus transfer points and shopping malls? Both are increasingly becoming crime scenes. Maybe Genele Laird could have made good on her threat to knife employees had East Towne Mall been a no-police zone.

Don’t police high-crime neighborhoods? Kaleem Caire, Ruben Anthony — you know better than to parrot Black Lives Matter!

Some of the Madison Police supporters responded Wednesday, Aug. 3, with our own letter to U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil. (Read that letter here.)

If neighborhoods are targeted it is because they are heavy crime areas. That some of them may be disproportionately black is an unfortunate side effect of a culture badly in need of repair.

Wouldn’t it be grand if our city leaders — Mayor Soglin, Kaleem Caire, Alex Gee, Michael Johnson — would quit blaming police for enforcing the law and start demanding people to take responsibility for their own lives?

Concentrated policing of troubled neighborhoods is official, bottom-up city policy. It was demanded by the people who live in those neighborhoods. The Southwest Neighborhood Plan adopted by the Common Council in January 2008 recommends: “Target police services in Balsam-Russett, Bettys-Theresa-Hammersley, Park Ridge, and Schroeder-Berkshire sub areas in coordination with other improvement strategies.”

The Southwest Neighborhood Steering Committee is steadfast in its belief that police enforcement is the first step necessary to stabilize the neighborhood before other initiatives can make a difference. With greater police presence, improved response to self-reported crimes, and ultimately a stronger working relationship with the police … There is a growing realization that the best strategies for fighting crime in residential neighborhoods are those where the police work closely with resident organizations.

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Aug 4, 2016 08:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, rarely do I agree with your illogical political bias, but I do side with your recent articles about the Madison Police drama. However, it can be a good thing that the 5 named to the police/community relations committee can be good in the end, if they are provided with and pay attention to the daily work of all levels within the Madison Police Department. Imagine some of them coming out of this and then praising the police and second guessing the Brandi Grayson's. Perhaps they may also see how idiotic it is to spend $400K on a "study".

Aug 5, 2016 08:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The letter sent to U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil references several studies done in 2002 and 2008. I believe that during those years, Madison had a black Chief of Police (Noble Ray), and I think the previous chief of Police before him was also black.
I don't think the problem is with the police department but with bad elements within the black communities in Madison committing a disproportionate amount of crimes in the city.

Aug 5, 2016 10:52 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

400k? Shucks, Anonybob can do it in one word....
RAY-cism!
There. Now you can spend the money on the next 12-14 inches of global warming.

Aug 5, 2016 12:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

At recent community forums hosted by Chief Koval and MPD, Chief Koval spoke about the five areas where police have made the most arrests in Madison. In all areas, be it neighborhood, bus transfer point, store, school or mall A CALL TO 911 WAS MADE FIRST REQUESTING POLICE. He made it clear officers were responding to a business or citizen request due to a suspected crime in progress or one that recently occurred.

I hope DOJ also takes into account the many open to public forums this chief has held throughout the Madison area over the past two years in his many efforts to help build public trust. I hope DOJ also looks at all the positive changes this chief has made and continues to make to better help our challenged communities.

The fact that people blame MPD for answering calls for help, saving lives, enforcing laws, or arresting suspected criminals shows there are too many adult children living in our community. I suggest we start treating them like the children they act like and immediately roll back all of the positive initiatives MPD has made these past two years. MPD's efforts are clearly unappreciated and like any spoiled child will show, the more you give the more they want and the less respect they have for you.

Aug 5, 2016 12:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Like all groups blindly devoted to an extremist ideology, BLM operates in a world and by a set of rules that are completely divorced from reality. So to persuade them to come to their senses and admit, for instance, that areas with high crime rates should be policed more heavily, not less, is like trying to explain the theory of relativity to a two-year-old. It's the kind of mindset that enables Madison liberals to believe that sponsoring a basketball game between gangbangers and the police will magically transform said gangbangers into model citizens. Because that's how things work in Libertopia. And if you voice misgivings, you're a racist. The latest set of demands by BLM, besides the predictable raft of restrictions on police and "reforms" of the criminal justice system designed to rig it in favor of minorities, includes a) reparations for slavery (naturally) and b) the overthrow of capitalism.
At the height of the French Revolution, the Jacobins decided their cause was of such world-historical importance that they renamed the months of the year and re-set the calendar so that Year One was the first year of the revolution. Nothing less would do. And if your devotion to the cause was insufficiently ardent, you, like thousands of others, had a date with the guillotine--all in the name of the purest ideals of liberty equality, fraternity. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. In BLM, we're seeing the opening act of what promises to be a very long farce, especially if Hillary is elected.

Aug 5, 2016 01:07 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Poor Dave. The presidential campaign is in high gear, his party's nominee and v.p. choice are in the state today (albeit on a pretty bare stage, GOP elected official-wise) and all he can bear to write about is Madison race relations and the police. Again.

Aug 5, 2016 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Signed the petition without hesitation. These people demand community control over MPD and made the same demand with UW Police last spring. They want to "police their own", free 350 inmates from DCJ (they are all victims of crimes of poverty). They demand Chief Koval resign or be terminated. Four hundred thousand dollars to study MPD practice and protocol in policing?? Invest that money in new equipment, raises and new hires for the police department. Speaking of new equipment, this is the SAME group who opposed body cams for city police...technology that records an interaction and protects both the citizen, as well as the officer.
Every time I see the name Brandi Grayson and community leader in the same sentence, I literally cringe. She promotes violence and she breathes "us vs them". She has perfected herself as the "victim rising from the ashes of racial injustice and police brutality". Brandi Grayson is not the least bit interested in resolution, she is all about revolution and retribution.
Community control over our police...not a chance. Don't like it, head east from the Capitol until you hit I90-94.

Aug 7, 2016 07:16 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Common sense matters!

Aug 8, 2016 04:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"lynch mob"?

One might also point out that they are elected representatives (something this blogger was at one time, before being defeated at the polls) representing all corners of the city.

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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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