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Jul 25, 201603:46 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Madison Council hears that Blue Lives Matter

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William Needleman

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.

Howard Payne

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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Jul 26, 2016 08:22 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Why has BLM gone silent at the conventions?
Has someone shut them off like a light switch?
Were they an astroturfed rent a mob?

Jul 26, 2016 08:45 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Better that Officer Samson had told hte boy not to spend his welfare check at the drug house on Willy Street."

Hmmm... is that what you would tell a white kid? Would you ever even bring up welfare with a white kid? Why would you assume that a black kid would ever come into contact with a welfare check in any way shape or form (other than perhaps to cut the benefits to retired state workers as a way of balancing a budget)?

You do know that black kids who do their homework and go out for sports are still stopped and questioned (and locked up for petty stuff because of broken windows strategies) by police while their white peers are not right? You have no answer for that other than if you can't do the time don't do the crime, right? When you were causing trouble in your youth you had no concern about being shot by a cop did you? When you were drinking and carousing in college there was no fear was there? When a cop pulls you over at night you believe the worst you'll get out of the encounter is a ticket right? And you have no reason to think that you had been profiled or picked out unfairly because that would never occur to you would it?

And where are the reports from the RNC? Is it because of how low the Republicans have gone? Can you not even face the topic these days? Because instead of taking on the tough topics you claim the high ground where your whitebread readers give it to you?

Jul 26, 2016 09:14 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Samson spoke from the heart and her words have inspired people in the city to react positively. She was on Channel 3 last night meeting with a guy who has previously been skeptical of the cops. She seems to be very committed and thoughtful, a true public servant.

Blaska's advice to her: Shoulda told the kid not to spend his welfare check at a drug house.

How lucky we are to have such a sage blogger in our midst. What a keen mind and way with words. What insight into the human condition! Who else could craft a thought so precisely and meaningfully?

Jul 26, 2016 12:46 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

BLM? BLM?
Bueller?

Jul 26, 2016 02:33 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

8:45 a.m. quotes the wisdom of The Squire: "Better that Officer Samson had told the boy not to spend his welfare check at the drug house on Willy Street."

8:45 a.m. then jumps the shark: "Is that what you would tell a white kid? Would you ever even bring up welfare with a white kid? Why would you assume that a black kid would ever come into contact with a welfare check in any way shape or form (other than perhaps to cut the benefits to retired state workers as a way of balancing a budget)?"

Actually, 8:45 a.m. (if I may be so familiar), Officer Samson never divulged the race of the child or his father. Regardless of race, it is good advice, don't you think? Especially given how young Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. chose to meet his demise on that very street on that very night.

Jul 26, 2016 02:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How long have you been a black man for, Blaska? Apparently, your time at the RNC last week really opened your eyes to the realities of living in the US as a person of color. I'm guessing not and, as usual, your bigotry is showing.

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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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