Madison police supporters counter racism complaint made to the feds

The Support Our Madison Police movement believes that black lives DO matter — as ALL lives matter. That includes the blue lives we send into harm’s way to confront dangerous people who threaten our safety.

Over 2,500 front yards display the blue and yellow “We Support Our Madison Police” signs with more going up every day. The movement presented its petition supporting MPD (you can still sign on) at the July 19 council meeting. (Your favorite blog details it here.) This nonpartisan movement is supported by liberals and conservatives, black and white, east side, north side, south, and west side.

Elected leaders are finally hearing from John and Jane Q. Citizen — not just the nihilists. Now the Madison Common Council wants “to get the discussion rolling on ways to improve community relations with the police,” as the Wisconsin State Journal puts it.

One way would be to replace all of the alders except Paul Skidmore. Because the other 19 have been kowtowing to the local Black Lives Matter extremists. The other 19 have given tacit approval to BLM’s depiction of Madison police as bloodthirsty, Jim Crow racists.

Q. Who did Council president Mike Verveer appoint to this police/community relations committee?

A. Alds. Sheri Carter, Denise DeMarb, Marsha Rummel, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, and Rebecca Kemble. They are the MPD lynch mob. Rummel once proposed that the city honor the drug-crazed convicted felon who died attacking a police officer.

Verveer, Rummel, and Kemble are Progressive Dane. That radical Left political party is petitioning to bring Police Chief Mike Koval up on misconduct charges! (That petition has fewer than half the signatories of our support-the-police petition.)

Don’t patrol high-crime areas?

No longer will the majority of Madison citizens allow a noisy minority to hijack the public discourse. We are fighting misinformation with good information.

That includes the request for a federal civil rights investigation of MPD sent July 25 to U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil. Among the 15 signing are Brandi Grayson and Matthew Braunginn of Young, Gifted & Black, Gloria Ladson-Billings of UW–Madison, Madison Urban League head Ruben Anthony Jr., and (sadly) Kaleem Caire.

Madison mounted police do community outreach with Midvale Heights neighbors.

They allege that the Madison Police Department is guilty of “patterns and practices [of] civil rights infractions.” As evidence, they contend MPD “disproportionately target[s] areas that are known for Madison’s Black citizens to congregate, such as bus transfer points, malls, and specific neighborhoods.” (Read their letter and weep.)

Can you believe it? The police are supposed to stand down from patrolling heavily trafficked venues like bus transfer points and shopping malls? Both are increasingly becoming crime scenes. Maybe Genele Laird could have made good on her threat to knife employees had East Towne Mall been a no-police zone.

Don’t police high-crime neighborhoods? Kaleem Caire, Ruben Anthony — you know better than to parrot Black Lives Matter!

Some of the Madison Police supporters responded Wednesday, Aug. 3, with our own letter to U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil. (Read that letter here.)

If neighborhoods are targeted it is because they are heavy crime areas. That some of them may be disproportionately black is an unfortunate side effect of a culture badly in need of repair.

Wouldn’t it be grand if our city leaders — Mayor Soglin, Kaleem Caire, Alex Gee, Michael Johnson — would quit blaming police for enforcing the law and start demanding people to take responsibility for their own lives?

Concentrated policing of troubled neighborhoods is official, bottom-up city policy. It was demanded by the people who live in those neighborhoods. The Southwest Neighborhood Plan adopted by the Common Council in January 2008 recommends: “Target police services in Balsam-Russett, Bettys-Theresa-Hammersley, Park Ridge, and Schroeder-Berkshire sub areas in coordination with other improvement strategies.”

The Southwest Neighborhood Steering Committee is steadfast in its belief that police enforcement is the first step necessary to stabilize the neighborhood before other initiatives can make a difference. With greater police presence, improved response to self-reported crimes, and ultimately a stronger working relationship with the police … There is a growing realization that the best strategies for fighting crime in residential neighborhoods are those where the police work closely with resident organizations.



Madison wants more ‘hot spot’ policing, not less

To combat ongoing crime issues on the southwest side, the Madison Police Department and the City-County Public Health Department three years ago sought a $1 million DOJ Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative grant. The application chronicled:

“… Large groups of juveniles, some in excess of 50 youth, roam … through the neighborhoods. These young people have been intimidating to residents and hostile to police.”

Arrests of juveniles during this period have been recorded for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of heroin, probation violations, battery, and resisting arrest. In early August, a shooting involving youth gangs occurred near a principal intersection. During this incident, two separate groups shot firearms at one another and across busy Raymond Road.

The public entities proposed:

More hot spot” policing: high visibility patrols via foot and bike patrols; engaging with youth and adults in area parks; traffic enforcement; attending neighborhood gatherings; noise enforcement; and contacting large groups of juveniles.

Does the community want more policing, not less? At an MPD listening session held Feb. 16, 2015 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, a black woman residing in the Meadowood neighborhood told Chief Koval: “You are welcome in our neighborhood any time. We want more police in our neighborhoods.”

There’s much more to the letter — it rebuts, point by point, the letter alleging discriminatory policing. Our letter in support of Madison police is signed (among others) by Ald. Paul Skidmore; former alders Jed Sanborn, Dorothy Borchardt, and Thuy Pham-Remmele; Meadowood activist David Glomp; Midvale Heights neighborhood watch coordinators Steve and Paula Fitzsimmons; and myself.

Blaska’s bottom line: Don’t police high-crime neighborhoods? That’s straight out of the BLM playbook. It puts everyone who lives there in mortal danger. It puts the entire city at risk. It is the equivalent of allowing ISIS its caliphate. It is racist — and just plain crazy!

The last word: What does it tell you that more than a month after advertising for bids, the City of Madison has no takers for its $400,000 proctology of the Madison Police Department?

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