Will the Focused Interruption Team be contacting the Chris Kneubuehl family in the wake of his death during an armed robbery at the Culver’s restaurant? Madison’s elected alders recently awarded $75,000 to address “racial disparities, violence, and division between communities.”
The money was ear-marked for funeral arrangements, temporary housing, bus passes, food cards, smartphones, and counseling. Will the Kneubuehl family be the first to benefit? Or don’t they qualify?
I am posing this question to our elected Alderoids and to Hizzoner Mayor Soglin. We’ll keep you apprised. UPDATED: Yes, we know that the family does not live in Madison. But as a hypothetical, would they be served? Does the enabling legislation even specify that victims must be city residents? Not that we can find.
The $75,000 is a down payment on the “Focused Interruption” scam that variably will cost $3 million over several years. What does it buy?
Peer support and bus passes
Peer support? From the resolution enacted June 21, 2017:
It has been demonstrated that individuals and families who are threatened by gun violence, witness gun violence, or are impacted by gun violence, can benefit from the immediate availability of peer support assistance that assists in de-escalating conflict and stabilizing individuals as well as households during or following a traumatic event;
Persons impacted by violence are often confronted with unanticipated, short-term expenses associated with such things as injury or death, medical treatment, the loss of housing stability, personal safety concerns, access to transportation, or other basic household needs.
In other words, City taxpayers could be paying funeral expenses, doctor’s bills, rent, taxi rides, and toilet paper.
(“It has been demonstrated …” When it involves police, Madame Brenda and her Prog Dane cadres demand data. Where is the Data?! Haven’t seen any data.)
Mrs. Squire wonders if The City will pay for the Squire’s Final Farewell Blow-Out if hit by a drunk driver.
How this lumpy bag of good intentions will actually keep anyone safe remains nebulous. Putting more cops on the streets will do that.
But if Chief Koval wants more uniforms on the streets, he’ll have to win a grant from the Trump administration. The Council, in its great goodness, is permitting the Department to apply for a $1,875,000 federal grant. That will get him 15 more officers, if successful. It would encumber the City for $2.3 million over three years as its share.