Jul 12, 201601:16 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dallas: fire on the police; Madison: fire the police, steal the yard signs
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This just in: 30 or more of the 45 yard signs declaring “We Support Our Madison Police” were stolen overnight on Redwood Lane in the Meadowood neighborhood. Some people demand the right to be heard — to the point of shutting down vehicular traffic — while denying others with differing viewpoints.
Update: Paula Fitzsimmons will present the petition in support of police (Madison signers only, please) at the beginning of the next Common Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Ald. Paul Skidmore reports, “I have talked to many police officers of all ranks who are energized by this petition, and the people who are behind it. It is making a difference.”
We now have courtroom-admissible evidence that Madison’s perpetually aggrieved will not settle for the results of the $400,000 study of police policy and procedures. The 19 of 20 alders who voted for this insult to the police officers did so on the grounds that it would buy the trust of the city’s minority community. It won’t.
The proof came Monday morning when a gaggle of agitators affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement blocked the doors of the Madison Police Department’s South Carroll Street entrance and closed the street. (Don’t these people have jobs?) Their usual “demands” are constructed so that they cannot be met.
Demand #1: “The police stop killing black people.” Yeah, it’s open season for Madison police hunting down people endowed with a healthy supply of melanin. News to the black police officers I’ve met in the last 10 days.
Who is killing the young black men of Madison? As in cities across the nation, it is other young black men.
Demand #2: “Community control over the police, so that people most impacted by police violence set the policies, practices, and priorities of the police,” including hiring and firing.
“People most impacted by police violence”? Attention Madison’s druggies, gang bangers, wife beaters, and street-corner gibberers! You are now in charge of the police! Oh, happy days! The Revolution is at hand!
Demand #3: Cut the police budget by $6 million and give it to “needed community-based resources” that are “culturally relevant.” Yeah, cut the police by 10% to enrich the coffers of Brandi Grayson and Z! Haukeness, and Matthew Braunginn.
Four days after a Black Lives Matter convert in Dallas, Texas, realizes Brandi Grayson’s promise of blood flowing in the streets and Madison’s loonies are blocking the entrance to the police station!
Of the Dallas shootings, Madison Young, Gifted and Black leader Braunginn told WISC-TV 3, “I’m not going to condone or condemn it, I understand where that anger comes from.”
Where are the alders, the mayor, the Wisconsin State Journal to push back against such nonsense? Their continuing silence amounts to acquiescence. Where is the Chamber of Commerce? Madison Urban League? The NAACP? Rev. Gee? Michael Johnson? Kaleem Caire? The Democrat(ic) Party? Hunkered down, mau-maued into frightened silence? Or secret supporters?