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May 15, 201511:55 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Not enough police have been killed

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Today, May 15, is National Peace Officer Memorial Day, a fitting day to examine the notion prevalent in Madison that not enough police are dying in the line of duty to justify defending themselves. This is the reasoning (if that is the correct word) that John Roach employs in Madison Magazine.

“Madison police have done a remarkable job protecting themselves for the last eighty-three years. But given the death of several citizens at the hands of police in the last decade, it is absolutely fair to ask if the lethal force policy for Madison police should be reconsidered.”

The moral relativism here is knee buckling. Now, Madison Magazine is no Progressive Dane website. It is an ad-rich glossy city magazine under the editorial direction of TV bloviator Neil Heinen. Nor is its author a chronic troublemaker; he is a successful media producer with ties to Hollywood. But his portrayal of Madison police as trigger-happy rednecks is no different than the storyboard at Young, Gifted and Black. (Brian Sikma at MediaTrackers has photos of their rally Wednesday that the mainstream news media can’t show you.)

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Square at the corner of Pinckney and Mifflin Streets bears the name of 266 Wisconsin police officers fallen in the line of duty.

Do we want police to abide by Marquess of Queensberry rules? If an assailant comes at a law enforcement officer with a samurai sword (as has happened) the officer must respond with his own sword? Length of blade within an inch of the assailant’s? Here is a life lesson: do not attack a police officer. (Number of police killed nationwide nearly doubled last year; police answering disturbance calls at greatest risk, reports the Los Angeles Times.)

The morning newspaper encourages “address[ing] racial disparities in a meaningful way.” May we be so impertinent as to suggest that the “The People’s Court” that Brandi Grayson and M Adams held outside the Justice Center Wednesday sounds like something from the Khmer Rouge. Their way lies the gulag.

So now Madison taxpayers will finance the first reparations payment to Young and Foolish in the form of a $50,000 study of police procedures. There will be no study into the 15 shots fired into homes on the southwest side of Madison Thursday, the latest round of almost daily gunfire in those neighborhoods.

Gang bangers just want to be left alone

The story line that white police are killing all the black men is a huge distraction from real issues. Larry, a neighbor and board member of our neighborhood association, asked how we would feel if the police were constantly involved in our neighborhood. I would guess they would be involved for a reason. Are we supposed to tell the officer investigating the burglary of a neighbor’s home to get lost? That it’s none of his business that the house down the street is a crack house? That there’s dog fighting in the next block? That the woman next door screams in the night and her children are bruised and battered?


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May 15, 2015 03:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"There will be no study into the 15 shots fired into homes on the southwest side of Madison Thursday, the latest round of almost daily gunfire in those neighborhoods."

Isn't practically the whole West District working on (or studying) that problem, many on union-negotiated overtime? Gang crimes are well studied and that study is not cheap. But when a cop with several different means of defending himself (taser, nightstick, his own fists, training, backup) puts seven bullets in an unarmed kid in 3 seconds, that is not worth studying? It's worth taking the government at its word?

May 15, 2015 03:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You raise an excellent question about rate of incarceration. Really, it's a game changer for our community. The answer is not as evasive as you make it out to be, however.

Simply think about this one: Do you think black people in Madison grow, sell and use marijuana at a rate less than, equal to or more than white people? And what color do you think most of those in the Dane County jail on marijuana-related charges are?

Now consider what is more dangerous, a guy smoking a joint on his front stoop, or a guy shooting up heroin in his car and then driving home? And based on crime statistics in Madison, what color do you think the latter is likely to be? Ask any cop. And then ask how many of those associated with the trade of the latter are in jail.

The answers to any of those questions would take a single phone call and about five minutes. Bottom line, Blaska.

May 15, 2015 04:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Uhm...Waaaaska must have a secret decoder ring that allows him to see things witten in this article that don't...appear to anyone else who read it. Weird...found that ring in your cracker jack?

May 15, 2015 04:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I still can't get over you calling Heinen a bloviator. That is definitely true, but aren't you on talk radio regularly? Are you the pot or the kettle?

May 15, 2015 06:07 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I read the 27 page report on the Tony Robinson shooting and several things are clear. His Mom is one selfish woman. She can't do enough for him now but apparently did little else for him than fill him with anger towards his lack of parenting for eighteen years.
Officer Kenny has a more legitimate grievance against Tony Robinson's parents than they have against him. If this woman gets a dime it'll be ten cents more than she deserves.
He was unarmed she stated. But he was armed, armed with $50 worth of psilosybin mushrooms, Xanax, near superhuman strength and a lot of anger.
DA Ozanne got this one right.

May 15, 2015 10:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Is this Brian Sikma the "journalist" from Media Trackers who swallowed the story about the Republican Congressional campaign aide who had been "attacked" by Mark Pocan's spouse? Can you take anything he provides at face value, given his obvious inability to vett a source? Any similarity between Brian Sikma and journalism is entirely coincidental.

May 15, 2015 11:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

John Roach should be stomped just like every other cockroach. Not enough Young Black Grifters have been killed. A few dozen more and maybe they'll begin to see the light. The police are there to protect us, not die for us. The military is not there to die for our country. They are there to make the other guy die for his country. If young black and stupid want to die for their cause, I say let them.

May 16, 2015 01:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


May 18, 2015 08:49 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

To Anonymous MAY 15, 2015 03:35 PM:

You ask "Do you think black people in Madison grow, sell and use marijuana at a rate less than ... white people. And what color do you think most of those in the Dane County jail on marijuana-related charges are?"

How about you tell me, May 15? Since you are the one propagating the myth that the Dane County jail is packed with African-Americans who did nothing more than roll up a doobie after a hard day at the office.

Nice attempt at diversion. Now, back to all those shootings in the neighborhoods.

May 18, 2015 10:40 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

And how much of the weed is purchased with welfare money like the "shrooms"?
What you subsidize you get more of.
Mad Town enables dysfunction and considers itself compassionate.

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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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