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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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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