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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.


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Sep 13, 2016 11:34 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Conservatives love stop and frisk because it basically targets impoverished youth and gets them involved in the criminal justice system early, thereby reinforcing the myth that black kids are more likely to be criminals than white kids. But a black kid walking in a poor neighborhood is far more likely to be stopped and frisked than a white kid driving his dad's Honda Accord around Sun Prairie, even though both might be carrying the same amount of pot.

The Atlantic: Stop and frisk didn't make New York safer:

Sep 13, 2016 11:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The reasons for Chicago's unimaginable murder rate have a lot more to do with the availability of guns (stolen from Indiana and Wisconsin, sold in south Chicago) and relatively lax gun laws (compare Chicago's to Boston's) than the "Ferguson effect."

Ask any cop. You claim to support their work wholeheartedly, but I bet you wouldn't support their proposals for gun laws, would you?

Sep 13, 2016 11:51 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Do you even begin to understand how stupid you sound, 11:37 AM? Guns are readily available in Indiana and Wisconsin and thereby force themselves into the hands of otherwise law-abiding young men in Chicago, preparing for a career and performing acts of kindness and charity? Really?!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9-1-2016, concerning the 24 Milwaukee homicides recorded in August:

"It is the highest monthly total since July 1991, when the victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer were discovered, Milwaukee police said.

"... the biggest driver of our homicides is arguments and fights and retaliation among people with criminal records," Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said Thursday.

"Some of our challenge is simply consistently being able to deter armed offending through the criminal justice system," he added. "The penalties are too weak."

Although Chicago has captured national headlines for having its deadliest month in nearly two decades, Milwaukee had a higher per capita rate of killings (4 per 100,000 people) in August compared with its neighbor to the south (3.3 per 100,000 people), according to Milwaukee police.

Flynn said he wanted to bring attention to the homicides because the killings seemed to get lost in media coverage dominated by the fatal police shooting of Sylville Smith on Aug. 13.

Sep 13, 2016 11:53 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

... and a black kid walking in a poor neighborhood in Milwaukee, Chicago, or Madison is more likely to be popped by another black kid than a white kid driving his dad's Honda Accord around Sun Prairie, 11:34 AM. Or don't black lives matter where you live?

Sep 13, 2016 12:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Consider if there weren't such a supply of guns, there wouldn't be so many gun deaths. If supply were smaller, prices would be higher and it would be harder for a 14 year old with a beef to get his hands on a killing machine.

Hey, an argument made asking you to consider a different perspective and without calling you stupid! In 2016! What a world.

But seriously, do ask a cop. Do it at that west district wingding. I'd guess you'd hear something like this:

Does that Chicago cop sound stupid, too?

Sep 13, 2016 02:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You conservatives keep missing the point of groups like Black Lives Matter and their movement! The Black Lives Matter protests are not a war against the police. Rather it is a war against social injustice that is due to discriminatory POLICIES.

Policies like the Stanford rape case where a white kid gets 3 months for raping a woman in an alley while a black kid in the same situation would get MANY YEARS in prison for.

Is this distinction of having issues with POLICY not clear for you to understand? Or are you so self-absorbed to think you made something of yourself entirely by your own volition? That these minorities just need to suck it up and do the same thing?

Sep 13, 2016 02:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


There are confirmed cases of people purchasing guns in Wisconsin then traveling to Illinois to sell them. It's been well documented by the FBI. Act like someone that actually gives two s***s about the garbage you post your blog and do some research.

Sep 13, 2016 04:01 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Ban guns and gang bangers will be good. Kids with their heroin profits -- I mean, baby sitting money -- won't be able to afford guns. Right.

Sep 13, 2016 04:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Here in Madison, the voices of racial apartheid urge a separate and lower standard of justice for black neighborhoods."

Like . . . a separate school for the blacks, Dave?

Madison is irredeemable.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Sep 13, 2016 04:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Blaska,

Does David Glomp's opinions have any actual facts to back-up his claims? Or is what he says much like this blog and just assumed to be correct and credible?

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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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