Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do …? Part 2:
From Police Chief Mike Koval’s daily blog for this Sunday, August 13 (days are not individually linked):
8) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 8:23 p.m. Team of MPD officers assigned as part of the Violence Reduction Plan contact two individuals in a vehicle that was not legally parked in the 3000 block of Darbo Drive and is similar to a vehicle called in earlier to 911 with information provided that an occupant was seen waving a gun. Upon contact, passenger in the vehicle (AAM, 25 year old) has an open container of alcohol and takes off running from the vehicle. While officers are chasing the passenger on foot, he tosses a gun into the bushes. After a short foot pursuit he is caught by officers and found to be in possession of 16 grams of cocaine; multiple bags. The handgun was recovered; a Walther .380, loaded (including one in the chamber, and the hammer was cocked back). Charges for possession with intent to deliver, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest, and a parole violation.
Folks, the Chief is working Sundays! It is worth asking:
- How can we follow up to make sure the Sheriff keeps these people in jail, not out on monitoring?
- How can we make sure the DA prosecutes these people and doesn’t mess up again…..?
- How can we make sure the judges sentence any guilty individuals to more than minimum time to help keep our community safe?
Arresting people as part of the Violence Reduction Plan is only a small part of the process. But it’s a start. Many police officers have told me they’re tired of the revolving door.
Meanwhile, kudos to Ald. Paul Skidmore as quoted in WI State Journal Saturday:
Some believe we should solve this with social programs, that the police should stay out of it. … The City Council is the problem. The other things are not working and the bad guys know this. The actions of and inactions of the City Council are enabling them.
Notice how silent police-basher Madame Brenda Konkel (and her Progressive Dane cohorts on and off the Madison Common Council) are these days?