Jul 29, 201307:37 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Why does our district attorney let criminals off with a mere slap on the wrist?
(page 1 of 2)
Madison will never get a handle on its quality of life issues until it gets over its race guilt. That is some of the baggage that comes with professing the progressive faith. It results in its own kind of racism, the soft racism of low expectations, of excusing the inexcusable, of double standards that hurt both victim and aggressor.
A 10-year-old boy was mugged by a man who jumped out of a car, took the boy’s iPhone, and got back into the car driven by an accomplice. This occurred in the middle of the afternoon of Monday, July 23, near the intersection of Hammersley Road and Whitney Way on the city’s southwest side.
The Capital Newspapers report included a description of the two assailants, including age, height, hair style, tattoos, facial hair, gender, and race. The assailants were identified as members of a minority race.
When that report was shared with neighbors, the new president of the Meadowood neighborhood, Krista Ralston, objected:
It’s always better to be well informed and search for open-minded, holistic solutions than to simply complain, or jump to disturbing, unproductive and fear-mongering conclusions about perceived problems in our community. Obviously it is important to be aware of criminal behavior in our neighborhoods and take all necessary precautions, but let’s not over-blow the “problem.” [Her quotation marks] Unfortunately, crime happens but ...
Do you hear that? The “perceived problem.” If we can’t admit that there is a problem, how can we solve it?
Yes, let’s not “over-blow” the “problem.” But what about under-blowing the problem? If it was one stolen cell phone, she might have a point. Police Chief Noble Wray came to this part of town in 2009 to hold a press conference begging residents to stop the shooting. A week or two later, a 17-year-old kid was popped. On June 28 of this year, 75 residents of the Betty’s Lane/Theresa Terrace area of west Hammersley Road went at it with fists, rakes, rocks, brass knuckles, and other weapons. To the melee, 24 police and three ambulances responded. (The police report.) Hey, “crime happens.”
Charged with three felonies in a street shootout; perp gets probation
MPD Officer Caleb Johnson
DA Ismael Ozanne
Late last week, the beat cop who patrols that hot spot, Officer Caleb Johnson, issued this report:
To whom it may concern,
Many of you have expressed concern over the recent gun violence on Madison’s west side and have inquired about what the police department is doing to address this escalating problem. One particularly troubling incident took place on March 30, 2013, where multiple cars were involved in a rolling gun battle that traveled from Raymond Road through residential neighborhoods to Hammersley Road.
The Madison Police Department invested a great deal of resources into responding to this incident and following through with the investigation to determine the vehicles involved, the passengers, and the suspects who were firing the weapons. As part of this investigation, Michael Gales was arrested by the Madison Police Department and charged with three felony crimes, Discharge Firearm/Vehicle-Towards Person [941.20(3)(a)1], Discharge Firearm/Vehicle-Bldg/Vehicle [941.20(3)(a)2], and Endanger Safety/Reckless Use of Firearm [941.20(2)(a)].
I regret to inform you that Gales has been released as he has accepted a plea agreement that leaves him with three years of probation and no jail/prison time. With the plea agreement the charges ... were dismissed. Details from this case can be viewed on CCAP [here].
I wanted to share the outcome of this incident with the community because it illustrates some of the challenges that the police department faces and sheds light on why some of these violent criminals continue to roam the streets even after they have been arrested and charged with numerous serious crimes.
A rolling gun battle! Can’t we tone down such disturbing, unproductive, and fear-mongering language?