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?