Sep 12, 201605:00 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Don’t let the war on police succeed in Madison
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Do Brenda Konkel, Progressive Dane, and Black Lives Matter have allies in city government in their war on police? We’re about to find out because it’s budget season.
Mayor Soglin is proposing:
- A 2.5% reduction in the police operating budget — $1.7 million dollars in a budget that is almost 90% personnel.
- Suspending Madison’s police academy for 2017. “This at a time when the largest number of police officers ever are eligible for retirement due to their years of service and age. Also, staff morale is at an all time low due to attacks on the MPD, their policies and procedures, and attacks on their chief,” says Dave Glomp, Meadowood neighborhood police liaison.
- Meanwhile, the mayor proposes moving up the annexation of the Town of Madison by the end of this year, two years ahead of schedule. “This will add a significant, huge amount of land and population, putting increased pressure on already strapped police and fire personnel,” Glomp says.
- Delaying the new Midtown Police District station until 2018 (updated from original post).
The Council has already proposed spending a total of $400,000 to study police procedures, policies, training, and governance, while the MPD chief himself is being attacked and complaints are being lodged against him before the Police and Fire Commission.
Meanwhile, the school board is contemplating changing the contracts and the role of the four police officers in the four high schools, or perhaps eliminating them from the schools altogether.
Residents on the southwest side of town will get a chance to tell Alders Matt Phair and Maurice Cheeks what they think on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 6:15–8 p.m. at the Meadowridge Library in the Meadowood Shopping Center on Raymond Road.
Count on Progressive Dane and its allies to suddenly become budget hawks while indulging in Soglin’s building frenzy.
The Ferguson effect
Even the New York Times recognizes, however belatedly, what Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute has identified as “the Ferguson Effect.” Simply defined, it is the pullback of policing in crime-ridden neighborhoods due to the racial politicizing of police work. Cops will respond to crimes, but they won’t do the legwork that can prevent crime like stop and frisk, breaking up loitering, prosecuting graffiti and other vandalism. Persecutions by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, demonstrations led by Al Sharpton, rioting from BLM and DeRay McKesson, and President Obama’s scolding and lecturing contribute to the fervor.
Here in Madison, the voices of racial apartheid urge a separate and lower standard of justice for black neighborhoods. They demonize the police and no aldermen — and certainly not the mayor — speak a word to the contrary. They file complaints against Chief Koval with the Police and Fire Commission and with the U.S. Attorney.
The New York Times finds that wherever policing as been politicized homicides are spiking, as in this 2015 comparison with the average of the previous three years.
“The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented,” wrote the criminology professor who studied 56 large cities for a study published by the National Institute of Justice.