Jul 25, 201603:46 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison Council hears that Blue Lives Matter
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They heard from Officer William Needleman:
I have been a police officer for little over 13 years. I raise a family in the city. They attend public schools. I am a patrol officer; work the night mostly on the southwest side. I am proud of the work I do, proud of my coworkers. However, lately I feel disrespected and disregarded by people who don’t seem interested in what I do and the conditions under which I do it. Can it be prepared, is it too fractured? I’m all in. I am a single squad, I’d like to be a double squad, given all that has happened in the last couple of weeks [referring to the assassinations of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge], but in the meantime I have an open seat. Have a seat next to me, come join me. We can get it started that way.
They heard from Angela Komoske:
I’ve been a Madison PD officer for 18 years; I was hired right out of college, attended UW–Madison. I am a city of Madison resident, my husband is also a police officer and we have a daughter. I wanted let the citizens of Madison know who have had the signs out and who have supported us: I hear you and thank you very much for your support. I also wanted to let people who have said things not so favorable out us that I hear you, too, and my door is open.
They heard from Howard Payne:
I have been a police officer in the city of for 21 years. I moved here from Washington, D.C. because I heard Madison was a great city committed to diversity, that had a place for everyone, and that this was a respectable police department. After coming here I found just that — a place that I didn’t want to leave, that I call home, a place that I advocate for wherever I go in the world.
Perpetuating the myth
The public relations arm of BLM ignored those police officers. Instead, the self-styled Voice of Progressivism devoted a full-length story to the one police officer who supported Black Lives Matter.
Emily Samson was almost crying as she described working the Tony Robinson Jr. shooting March 15, 2015, on Willy Street. A man approached her outside of the death scene house with his son.
He said to him, ‘Don’t wear your hood in front of her, son, or she’ll shoot you.’ The fact that I live in a community where a father has that fear and a child has that fear breaks my heart. I didn’t know if I could continue to wear the uniform anymore.
Officer Samson indicts the police — going where a careful investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (required under state law) and the Dane County district attorney (a man of color himself) could not, based on the facts and based on the law.
But the police officer does not correct the boy’s father for parroting the false “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative founded on the lie from Ferguson.
For the little boy with the hoodie, better that Officer Samson had told the boy not to spend his welfare check at the drug house on Willy Street. Don’t ingest heroic amounts of psilocybin and prescription Xanax. Don’t commit armed robbery. Don’t assault a police officer. Do your homework, go out for sports, and help an old lady cross the street.
Better the father had instructed, “Don’t wear your hoodie in the wrong hood, son.” Who is killing the young black men of America? Other young black men.
Required reading: Concerning the BLM blockage of John Nolen Drive Thursday, “Madison protestors should not have harmed cancer patients.”
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