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Jul 5, 201601:17 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison citizens have Chief Koval’s back

Someone tapped Mayor Soglin on the shoulder and said Madison’s elected leaders are sending out a very strong message that it’s okay to resist a police arrest.

Now, how would anyone think that after an alderman (Marsha Rummel) proposes a Tony T. Robinson day in honor of the drug-abusing felon who attacked the police officer sent to subdue him?

How would anyone think that after activists demonstrate on behalf of a young woman who threatened to knife someone and resisted arrest like a wildcat?

How would anyone think that except that for the last 15 months Madison police have been pilloried as being racist thugs with nary a dissent from the city’s elected leaders, except for one alderman? Or subjected to a $400,000 review of “practices and procedures” for signs of that societal Higgs Boson, white privilege?

How would anyone think that resisting arrest is permissible after the weekly Isthmus publication calls for the chief’s firing? After the Progressive Dane political party demands the chief be brought up on charges? After the browbeating from The Capital Times? After Ald. Samba Baldeh accuses the chief of wanting to shoot him in the back during a Common Council meeting.

Someone, perhaps Chief Koval, told the mayor that city leaders were putting his uniformed men and women in physical danger by not countering the dominant anti-police narrative. These same city “leaders” (extra-snotty quotation marks) are also putting the people with whom they come in contact in danger by their silent acquiescence to the hate mongers.

Hizzoner finally said late last week what the gray beards here at the Stately Manor have been saying for Lo, these many years:

There is no right to resist arrest. It is unsafe for everyone concerned.

Real citizens — not the usual suspects who make a living protesting — are taking notice. Midvale neighborhood association activist Paula Fitzsimmons has begun on on-line petition that, as of Independence Day, had attracted over 1,500 signatures — 90% of them from city residents. It reads, in part:

We support Police Chief Mike Koval and the professional men and women of the Madison Police Department.  …. the bulk of the common council, mayor, and other critics have found it necessary to publicly disparage this elite force. Their actions are causing divisions within the city, adding to mistrust of the police, encouraging unacceptable behavior, and thus endangering the safety of its citizens.

If you’re a city of Madison resident, sign the petition here.

The chosen ones

So who did the Orchard Ridge neighborhood association choose as its the grand marshals for their annual Independence Day parade? Chief Mike Koval, along with neighborhood police liaison Joe Buccellato. They were roundly applauded. Along the way, they saw plenty of yard signs. No, not campaign yard signs. These signs say “We Support Our Madison Police.” Some 220 yard signs went up over Independence Day weekend, primarily here on the southwest side.

Some streets are clogged with them. Police officers are saying the signs are providing a needed lift in morale after the steady drumbeat of vitriol. One police officer, mother of two young children, told Your Humble Scribe that children on her beat come up to her taunting, “Are you going to shoot me?”

If you’d like a yard sign, e-mail (btw: that’s not me).

Meadowood community leader Dave Glomp told me that people are taking cookies to the police at the West District station on McKenna Blvd. The citizens of Madison don’t think police are the problem, just their elected representatives.

One other observation: didn’t see our alderman (Maurice Cheeks) at our July 4 parade. Never do.

About that poor fellow with a pitchfork

After he was shot dead after invading a home near Lake Monona, a wit posted this at the Isthmus on-line forum: "Where's [former PD chief] David Couper now, preaching about how he would have de-escalated the situation by engaging the man in a conversation on the history of farm implements while waiting for back-up from an officer with a background in hay baling?”

Don’t know how many tines on the guy’s pitchfork but no one needs more than three. Any more should be illegal.

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Jul 5, 2016 08:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Awesome article. Thanks so much for keeping on top of this issue. Glad to see people supporting MPD!

Jul 6, 2016 12:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hope the groundswell of support for MPD is just the beginning of Madison's very own revolt against the hegemony of self-righteous liberals and loony lefties who are working tirelesly to empower the thugs and criminals at the expense of law-abiding citizens. I dare to hope we're seeing the first stirrings of a movement that will culminate in Madison's version of Brexit, where the clueless elites on the City Council are finally shown the same exit as the clueless elites in Brussels. The final act would be for Trump to win in November. I'm no fan of the Donald, but a Trump victory would be a small price to pay to watch Madison liberals get their knickers in a royal twist.

Jul 6, 2016 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

the only one that should be behind bars is you blaska, simply for lying.

Jul 6, 2016 12:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've lived in Madison for four decades and I have never had an unpleasant experience with a police officer. In fact, the limited exposure I've had to police have been very positive experiences. A fleeing felon damaged some equipment in my yard and the police responded quickly and arrested the miscreant. The only other time I've needed to call police was when I was involved in a motor vehicle accident. I guess I don't have much to do with police because I follow traffic laws and I maintain my car so that I am not stopped for equipment violations. I don't use or deal in drugs. I don't rob stores, steal purses or burgle businesses. Police arrest people for breaking the law. They are not arrested for who they are. "Driving while black" is a very tired old saw.

Jul 7, 2016 02:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, you are disgusting. The rest of the commenters on here that agree with Blaska should go move to a compound in Northern Wisconsin with high walls since you fear people of other races and cultures so much. You all disgust me with your ignorance and how you embrace your white privilege like it's a badge of honor. If you would pull your head out of your collective you-know-where you might understand that everyone wants an opportunity to succeed and provide for their families. Scapegoat this as a racial thing if you like but the roots of our cultural problems go far, far deeper then most of you simpletons will ever comprehend.

Jul 7, 2016 11:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Off topic, but do you think General Petraeus would want his $100,000 fine back?

Jul 8, 2016 11:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Look I am not in a position to understand all of the past wrongs this country has done, does anyone really feel that the proper course is to let the inmates run the asylum?

Jul 11, 2016 10:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Real" citizens. Typical us/them Blaska diatribe.

Some streets are clogged with them? Name one.

Jul 13, 2016 10:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Right on Dave. I worry about Koval tho. The mob might win. If so, the bad guys will be more empowered. And we’ll all be less safe - but it’s the neighborhoods with people of color who will bear the brunt of it. Nicely done BLM.

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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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