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

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Madison police supporters counter racism complaint made to the feds

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Madison wants more ‘hot spot’ policing, not less

To combat ongoing crime issues on the southwest side, the Madison Police Department and the City-County Public Health Department three years ago sought a $1 million DOJ Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative grant. The application chronicled:

“... Large groups of juveniles, some in excess of 50 youth, roam ... through the neighborhoods. These young people have been intimidating to residents and hostile to police.”

Arrests of juveniles during this period have been recorded for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of heroin, probation violations, battery, and resisting arrest. In early August, a shooting involving youth gangs occurred near a principal intersection. During this incident, two separate groups shot firearms at one another and across busy Raymond Road.

The public entities proposed:

More hot spot” policing: high visibility patrols via foot and bike patrols; engaging with youth and adults in area parks; traffic enforcement; attending neighborhood gatherings; noise enforcement; and contacting large groups of juveniles.

Does the community want more policing, not less? At an MPD listening session held Feb. 16, 2015 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, a black woman residing in the Meadowood neighborhood told Chief Koval: “You are welcome in our neighborhood any time. We want more police in our neighborhoods.”

There’s much more to the letter — it rebuts, point by point, the letter alleging discriminatory policing. Our letter in support of Madison police is signed (among others) by Ald. Paul Skidmore; former alders Jed Sanborn, Dorothy Borchardt, and Thuy Pham-Remmele; Meadowood activist David Glomp; Midvale Heights neighborhood watch coordinators Steve and Paula Fitzsimmons; and myself.

Blaska’s bottom line: Don’t police high-crime neighborhoods? That’s straight out of the BLM playbook. It puts everyone who lives there in mortal danger. It puts the entire city at risk. It is the equivalent of allowing ISIS its caliphate. It is racist — and just plain crazy!

The last word: What does it tell you that more than a month after advertising for bids, the City of Madison has no takers for its $400,000 proctology of the Madison Police Department?

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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....
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 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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