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Oct 20, 201602:13 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Shots fired in Madison, police the targets

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The proprietors of this blog refuse to accept losing this year’s rigged Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minn., or for not getting an Emmy for The Apprentice.

So now they’re shooting at the police. Only this time it’s not the Madison Common Council and it’s literal, rather than figurative.

It is 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. Gunfire is reported in the 5800 block of Russett Road, behind the Meadowridge shopping center on Madison’s southwest side. Officers are sent to respond.

“One of the operating theories,” writes Police Chief Mike Koval, is that the initial gunfire was a trap to lure police — the real target. Officers leave their patrol cars to canvass the area when another four shots are fired in the direction of one of the officers.

The old speechwriter in the Squire can ruminate on the heartfelt words that would be pronounced had that officer been struck. (So happens the specific officer targeted was female, perhaps the mother of an infant, like the one killed in California.) Well-worn words like “brave” and “selfless” are invoked.

“While others fled for their lives, she walked into danger,” has the right cadence. A ceremony at City Hall, followed by the flashing blue and red lights of a policeman’s sad parade, had the bullets proved fatal.

Madison police have responded to over 100 shooting incidents so far — one every three days. The Sept. 28 shooting in Arbor Hills, also on the southwest side, proved fatal  (the seventh homicide of the year) but it took a hail of gunfire to bring the man down. More than 25 shell casings were recovered; at least five residences were hit.

“Remarkably, we have not seen an innocent third party killed as a result of this reckless behavior,” Chief Koval wrote in his latest blog. “But how long are we going to keep beating the odds — particularly as the most recent incidents have been brazenly occurring in the light of day?”

Never mind. The enlightened Captain Ahabs of city hall forge on single-mindedly on their leaky ship to harpoon the latent bias, white privilege, and gunslinger mentality among its men and women in blue.

Swerve them? The path to their fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon their souls are grooved to run. (Apologies to Melville.)

Searching for diversity? Look about you

The city Board of Estimates next Monday, Oct. 24, followed by the Common Council on Tuesday, Nov. 1, will vote on expending $400,000 for a Pasadena, Calif.-based consultant to determine how to fix the police — as if the police were the problem. Figure the latter to vote 19–1 in favor, with the lone holdout being Ald. Paul Skidmore. Mark your calendars!

The study will determine, supposedly, whether Madison police policies and procedures are “fair, effective, reflect best practices nationally, and are representative of and welcoming of community diversity.”

The Pasadena consultant, OIG Group, is recommended to get this lucrative gig by a 14-member committee, which was convened after the fatal police shooting of black teen Tony Robinson in March 2015. It is a shooting that Dane County D.A. Ismael Ozanne ruled was fully justified. Two other bidding consultants lost out because they praised the Madison police department as “progressive.” (Must be a copyright issue.)

That showed a pro-cop bias, clucked several members of the all-progressive committee of 14, including UW–Madison law professor Keith Findley and the Black Lives Matter rep. Not that the members of the ad hoc committee are biased against police, certainly. No!

Which is interesting because the two study finalists are not the only ones praising MPD. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also salute Madison police.

You want “representative of and welcoming of community diversity”? The two federal agencies just came out with a report citing MPD as leaders in recruiting “candidates of color, veterans, and women” — one of six police departments nationally so recognized.


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Oct 20, 2016 03:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

1. Al Gore received more votes than George Bush and did accept the result of that election. Did he suggest it was rigged? Do you still want to be defending any single utterance that comes out of such a nasty man's mouth?

2. We know that cops believe the cops are doing a great job. Keep listing more cop organizations that insist the road to salvation will be paved by cops. Gloria Reyes is a former cop.

3. Keith Findley is founder of the Innocence Project, the organization that frees those who have been sent to prison (often for decades) by police officers so hell bent on putting them away that they dispense with the truth and often manufacture evidence. And what race do you suppose has been most often falsely arrested and imprisoned? And where do you think those people go when they are done with their sentences? And what do you think they do? And do you ever hear about an officer apologizing for falsely arresting someone or cooking up a fake case against an innocent person just to get a conviction?

Oct 20, 2016 04:34 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

1) More votes than George Bush? Not in Florida.
2) The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is a former cop? The EEOC?
3) Thank you Keith Findley for releasing Steven Avery who btw appears to be white as Wonder Bread. But you have introduced a new element into Madison's debate I haven't heard: that Madison police are manufacturing evidence against minorities in order to gain a conviction. What is your source?

Oct 20, 2016 05:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How about making comments relevant to MPD instead of a generalized rant?

Oct 20, 2016 07:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, RE: Economics seem to support Donald Trump's claim that the election is rigged, but only if he loses. So if I go into a Trump gambling casino and I lose money, it is justifiable that I can claim his machines and dealers are rigged and crooked. But only if I win, then the casino is legitimate? Also, most of us are still financially worse off due to the disastrous Cheney-Bush bank deregulation which brought down many countries worldwide (especially the U.S.) into the worst economy since the Great Depression. When our government has to cave-in to the Can-Not-Fail banks, then yes, we clearly have a 'rigged economy'.
And, RE: A Deserved Honor... There are some outrageously crooked judges presiding over our justice system, with David Prosser having led the way for too many years. The reputation of justice in Wisconsin is now tied with Mississippi due to what most people would consider to be criminal activity by our courts to uphold illegal activities by politicians.

Oct 20, 2016 11:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did Al Gore rant for days beforehand that the election was rigged against him? He agreed to a triggered recount, caused by a statistical tie, in one state, to play out. Someone, I can't recall who, sued to have that recount stopped (having trouble, was it Bush v Gore, or Gore v Bush?).

Oct 21, 2016 08:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"More votes than George Bush? Not in Florida".

Maybe, maybe not. Never got the chance to sort that out. Thank your SC for that fiasco.

Oct 21, 2016 08:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Asking Trump 3 weeks in advance if he will accept the results of the election is a gotcha question. No correct answer exists. If no, he's anti-traditional/PC American. If yes, he's admitting that he expects Hilary to be Pres. No winning answer exists. If it had been phrased with a caveat about no evidence of fraud, no irregularities, no recounts, etc., he probably would have answered differently (which is what, in essence, he said the next morning). Ask the Ice Queen if she would accept the results, given there were known irregularities, automatic recounts had been triggered, suspected fraud, missing ballots, not enough ballots, etc., and how would she answer...we already know..."I don't recall saying that I would accept the election"...

I see again today, despite WikiLeaks evidence that the Ice Queen was directly involved in negotiating pay (to the Clinton Foundation) for play (her appearance at event) with the king of Morocco, can't be found on the pages of the Wisconsin State Urinal…gee, it’s more important to judge the candidate by what they SAY and not what they DO…with overwhelming evidence of what the Ice Queen has DONE.
Gotta love how the idiots in this country vote with their emotions rather than their brains (oh my oh my oh my I just have to be a part of electing the first woman…black…Hispanic…gay…President…isn’t it exciting???)...“I’m so revolted by Donald Trump’s comments about women”…(but not by the Ice Queen’s all-out attempts to ruin the women who say her hubby assaulted them)…”I just can’t vote for such a man that makes such comments…”

This is the height of HYPOCRISY coming from the Ice Queen supporters, that is , it’s ok to judge Trump in one way and Hilary in another.

Oct 21, 2016 11:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 8:51

"If yes, he's admitting that he expects Hilary to be Pres."

That is nonsense. Any candidate for election should be willing to concede to the winner in a gracious manner. There is no proof that the election, this one or anyone, is rigged.

Having said that, I'm sure trump realizes defeat is imminent and his ego won't allow any sort of reasonable submission of defeat.

Oct 21, 2016 12:44 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

When a man, or men, have been wrongly prosecuted it is said they've been Nifonged.
Mike Nifong is a progressive liberal.
In Wisconsin they should say, 'That man was Chisolmed.'

Oct 21, 2016 03:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Kinda like "Prossered", the new term for a man choking a woman.

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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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