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Jul 11, 201601:11 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Dallas cop shooter made good on Brandi Grayson’s promise

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After the Dallas massacre, we now know what the local Black Lives Matter franchise meant when it promised that Madison’s streets would run with blood. 

At the March 17, 2015, Madison Common Council meeting, looking squarely at Police Chief Mike Koval, Brandi Grayson shouted: “We know the facts, and when they come out this city will erupt. This city will [F-bomb]-ing erupt and the blood and whatever takes place after that is on your hands and the mayor’s hands.”

No doubt, Ms. Grayson is disappointed that her prediction did not materialize here in the Emerald City but she can take consolation that blood did indeed flow during a BLM march in Texas. White people wearing blue uniforms, protecting black lives, bled red.

We should remind loyal Bring It! readers that Ms. Grayson’s bloodlust and those of her cadres remains unchallenged by 19 of the 20 city alders. They did not ask the police chief, sitting nearby, to respond as to what those “facts” might be. Contrast the worshipful obeisance to the provocateur with anger-management issues to the cross-examination the council, led by Ald. Mark Clear, unleashed — as if on hostile witnesses — on two Midvale Heights homeowners who expressed their support of Madison police on June 7. Different strokes, as they say.

It matters not to the Madison Common Council that the district attorney (a man of color, himself) ruled that Tony Terrell Robinson Jr., a convicted felon who scrambled his brain with hallucinogens and Xanax, attacked the responding police officer just as he had attacked complete strangers without provocation that March night last year. It was a white officer surviving an attack by a black man and that proves … well, it proves that the city’s emergency snow clearing fund must be raided in order to conduct a $400,000 study of police policies and practices.

On June 21 of this year, a smartphone video went viral showing that two police officers, lousy with white privilege, had difficulty subduing an 18-year-old hellcat who had threatened to stick a 71-year-old woman with a knife. The officers required medical attention for minor injuries. Eleven of the 20 city alders (mark them well) condemned the “power imbalance” and “excessive aggression” of the police.

At least they did not propose the City of Madison reward the young troublemaker with the keys to the city. After all, Ald. Marsha Rummell had proposed an official Tony T. Robinson Day. (Would that have come with an official symbol — perhaps a mushroom?)

Rummell is Progressive Dane, the white counterpart of BLM and its local affiliate, Young, Gifted and Black. PD is agitating to put — you guessed it! — the police chief in the dock. “File a complaint against Chief Koval,” its online petition demands. It is stalled at 546 signatures.

Not strong enough? Another petition shouts, “Chief Koval must … be removed”! It’s got nine signatories.

“Hold Madison Police accountable” would seem more temperate — until one ponders, accountable for what? (As if they aren’t accountable already.) It has attracted 36 names.


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Jul 11, 2016 02:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Who said officers' lives don't matter?

We know from their behavior that they believe black lives don't matter as much as whites'.

Jul 11, 2016 04:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have a hard time taking this blog seriously due to two words: Donald Trump.

Jul 11, 2016 08:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I enjoyed reading this article. You have a way of instilling some humor in some serious subject matter that makes good reading. I do disagree with your headline and your interpretation of Brandi Grayson at the City Council meeting. I see her outburst at the meeting as her being very concerned that if police continue to gun down and kill black people without just cause and take their life, that there could be an extremist on the other side of the law that may do the same. Unfortunately that has happened, but not with any misguided attempt in connecting the dots as this article is suggesting.

Jul 11, 2016 08:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon @ 2:51

To make your final statement true, it would instead have to read "we know from black's behavior that they believe black lives dont't matter"
Murder rate within the group.... Check
Crime rate within the group.... Check

Jul 12, 2016 09:14 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska engages in the same kind of demonization that Grayson does. Exactly the same kind.

Jul 12, 2016 10:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

To: Anonymous on July 11, 2016 @ 8:08 PM

Nice try at parsing Brandi Grayson's words in light of the events of Dallas.

Nice try, but ultimately a failure. If you use overheated rhetoric, you bear some (not all) of the responsibility for the consequences.

Jul 12, 2016 11:22 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anon 02:51


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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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