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Feb 3, 201512:45 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Let’s hear it for the police, Madison!

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Bully again for Madison Police Chief Mike Koval. Last week Monday, his force had to contend with another traffic stoppage during the evening drive time by the contentious Young, Gifted and Black group. This time they blocked eastbound traffic on Doty Street.

“Unlike most demonstrations … we were provided no notice and thus had no one immediately available to provide traffic direction or to reroute vehicles,” Chief Koval reports. While vowing to “scrupulously honor constitutional rights and individual liberties,” Koval notes:

A review of video of this incident showed the volatility of what could occur when citizens are left to fend for themselves without our presence; many motorists were clearly indignant, horns were blaring constantly, some vehicles were nudging forward toward the human barricade and 911 was called. It appeared the situation was becoming highly confrontational. … This sort of demonstration “tactic” is fraught with potential flash points and cannot be countenanced. 

The chief has spoken out against Young and Foolish’s demands that police abandon high-crime areas. (See: “In progressive Madison, police are perpetrators.”) Instead, his department is once again assigning a full-time neighborhood police officer, Kraig Knutson, to the troubled Balsam/Russett neighborhood just off Raymond Road in the southwest Madison neighborhood of Meadowood. 

The Young and Foolish assault on police comes as Madison copes with more than 30 locally based gangs, with 3,000 to 4,000 members and associates, according to Channel 3000. Madison is experiencing a 350% increase in gang-related offenses compared to 2004. Of that, violent crimes involving a firearm, weapon, or bodily harm on average surged 195%.

Chief Koval has scheduled these community listening sessions, all from 6 to 7:30 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, MPD’s East District station, 809 S. Thompson Drive
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
  • Monday, Feb. 16, Good Shepherd Church, 5701 Raymond Road
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, MPD’s North District station, 2033 Londonderry Drive
  • Thursday, Feb. 19, Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St.

Let’s counter the silence from the politicians (except for Richard Brown) and editorialists by showing our support for community law enforcement.


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Feb 3, 2015 03:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What has Richard Brown said about gangs?

Feb 4, 2015 09:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"We suspect a lot of our weapons are coming from good citizens who are victims of property crimes." Owning a gun is presented as a solution to crime, which drives up interest in owning a gun, which causes manufacturers to address the demand, which makes those owning guns particularly attractive to criminals who steal their guns and sell them on the streets which leads to gun-related gang violence.

Feb 4, 2015 11:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Getting tied up in traffic makes me angry . . . but is it justified anger?

Feb 5, 2015 08:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Leave it to the upside down Bizarro World logic of a Progressive to blame law abiding gun owners for gun-related gang violence. Because if only government owned guns, we'd be that much closer to the rainbow cloaked unicorn ranch of Progressive Utopia, wouldn't we?

Northwoods Patriot

Feb 5, 2015 08:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


RoJo was also aware of the issues at the VA and did nothing. Call him out as well.

Feb 5, 2015 04:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Good point, from one article I read he was told of the VA issues before Tammy Baldwin and did nothing about them. Causing Tammy to be informed. Either way, I am unsure what everyone expected Tammy to do? She reported the claim which caused the clinic to be investigated by the VA administration and received the results / report. Was she supposed to push the VA to do something? Please explain what the correct response should have been from her office. Does she have power over the operation of the Tomah VA (or any VA office in Wisconsin)?

Feb 8, 2015 11:02 pm
 Posted by  Michael Miller

Once again you have a sports fact incorrect. There were 108 passes attempted from the 1-yard line this season in the NFL, not 61.

Why would you would cite The Wall Street Journal for a sports fact? I wouldn't cite ESPN for a political fact.

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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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