Paul Soglin steps to the plate and puts one in the stands

‘Madison police — that’s who we want responding’

All due credit to Mayor Paul Soglin. He spoke profoundly in support of Madison police before a driftwood city council and the need for 8 more patrol officers, in particular. It was after midnight today (01-17-18), following lengthy alder debate and citizen testimony, when he spoke from the chair. (Beginning at 6:24:12 into this podcast). The Mayor was outstanding.

 

Soglin Reduce Crime

Soglin began by urging alders to put aside their past battles with Chief Koval (who, over a year ago, had upbraided alders for not backing the police against the outrageous claims of racist murder lodged by Black Lives Matter). Here is Mayor Soglin’s statement, excerpted:

The People we serve are the ones who drive our decision … Prior to August 5, we set a record of 11 homicides. … We’ve now gone five successive months without a homicide. Think about what would have happened if the last 5 months would have been like first five months of the year.

Two things were initiated on August 1: a very intensive police presence dealing with hot individuals in hot spots. It was one that was very taxing on the department and consumed an incredible amount of time. … Because there are situations and circumstances where police officers DO reduce crime.

The second initiative was one that stemmed out of a council decision to begin a program involving interruption and disruption of retaliatory violence. … Police officers do work that does reduce crime. … We have significant initiatives in this city to deal with some of the underlying causes [of violence]. …. We continue to look at violence as a public health problem.  … I think we can do more in that regard … but police officers not only are involved in crime reduction but the real driver here is when crimes are committed, when there is public danger, [of] having significant numbers of officers available.

You saw the video of the 600 block of [University Avenue, near-riots at weekend bar time] … when those incidents occur, the rest of the city is left short-staffed which is why we have to switch to priority calls only. Sometimes, we have to call in other departments. When there are shots fired fired there has to be an immediate response, there has to be an investigation. If it is at night it is very challenging to pursue any suspects, examine the scene, look for shell casings and any evidence that you can’t afford to lose.

… We are trying to break the cycle of violence, to provide alternatives, to reach that 99.9% of the people of this city who are well aligned with shared values in regards to peaceful lives. But there is a small, tiny percent who may account for 80-90% of the violence. No matter what we do in terms of housing programs, health programs, employment and training programs, at least at this point in their lives these individuals are going to chose guns instead of a job. …

If there is an incident … you would rather have a Madison police officer respond than someone from another jurisdiction … whatever faults we have, we are the best around. That’s who we want responding.

Blaska’s Bottom Line — We smack our forehead to be grateful for so anodyne a statement as “Police do reduce crime.” In the Emerald City, that is a rare snippet of common sense.

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38 Responses to Paul Soglin steps to the plate and puts one in the stands

  1. Balboa says:

    Wow funny how he actually takes a stand and sounds like a common sense centrist when he is running for the chance to be the next Governor. It is a nice speech but i just do not find him genuine. There is reason he has been rejected by voters during his runs for other offices.

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  2. Balboa says:

    Where was this talk when Koval was going through the ringer by lunatic council. We heard a wimper from ole Soglin.

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  3. “Madison police — that’s who we want responding” Paul Soglin

    Be careful with Soglin, very careful, there’s almost always something under the wool that’s being pulled over our eyes; for instance, remember Paul Soglin is about as anti 2nd Amendment as you can possibly get, he will use more police presence (which I agree with) to justify stripping Madison residents, and the State if he has his way, of their 2nd Amendment rights and ban all guns.

    Now read this statement again with a brand new perspective on the person delivering it, “Madison police — that’s who we want responding”.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Love the paranoia of the gun nuts. NRA dupes.

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      • Gotta love partisan hacks like AnonyBob, all they know how to do is attack the messenger and have nothing substantive to say.

        AnonyBob wrote, “Love the paranoia of the gun nuts.”

        “Paranoia”, really?? You’re a blithering idiot if you don’t already know by now that Soglin wants to ban guns.

        AnonyBob wrote, “NRA dupes.”

        I don’t pay any attention to the NRA and bias makes you stupid. By the way AnonyBob, I’ve served in the Military and I will do whatever it takes to protect the constitution, all of it, heck I’ll even fight to protect your right to say stupid shit.

        Have a nice day, dumb ass.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Zoltar Speaks!;

        Another entry to your extensive GUT LAUGH LEADER BOARD collection!

        The Gotch

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  4. AnonyBob says:

    Dave, these guys are SO easy to provoke. And they respond with name-calling. Tsk-tsk.

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  5. Many speakers on the far left have clearly lost their way. They misrepresented the facts about police in Madison and thus lost any credibility. They should step outside their tiny bubble once in a while and see the real world for themselves instead of believing what others tell them.

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  6. madisonexpat says:

    Plus, Small Paul is against Confederate prisoners of war who are interred in Madison.

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  7. AnonyBob,
    I welcome a real conversation.

    How about you start one with by saying intelligent that’s on the topic of this blog.

    Should I hold my breath?

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  8. Rich says:

    Like others mentioned, his sudden “change of heart” is due to his run for guv. I’m just surprised only 2 alders voted against it.

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  9. richard lesiak says:

    I’ve got to hand it to you Dave. You wrote 7 sentences; the rest of the blog was quoting the mayor. Who could of figured that those few words could provoke such a collection of stupid comments. There can be only one conclusion; your a literary genius.

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  10. richard lesiak says:

    Don’t trip on that mike you dropped gotch you might break a hip. You must be pretty impressed with yourself since your now using pic’s to backup your comments. At least it wasn’t one of your long-winded rants; full of flowery language, that we usually see.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      ”Don’t trip on that mike you dropped gotch you might break a hip.”

      Um, that mic was being dropped was by you after, to paraphrase Will Rogers, (et al), removing all doubt.

      And don’t worry about my hip, it (they?) are in fabulous shape, as is the rest of me; pity you can’t say the same.

      “You must be pretty impressed with yourself since your now using pic’s to backup your comments.”

      Not really, just accounting for the cognitive slippage with which yer prone.

      “At least it wasn’t one of your long-winded rants; full of flowery language, that we usually see.”

      Mercy me! If there’s anyone I hate to disappoint it’s you. Give me a second chance and you won’t need to give me a third!

      The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak,
      Your comment falls into the category of an ad hominem.

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  11. richard lesiak says:

    Your starting to look foolish now gotch.

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  12. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “No matter what we do in terms of housing programs, health programs, employment and training programs, at least at this point in their lives these individuals are going to chose guns instead of a job. …”

    Why hasn’t this been labeled raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist???

    The Gotch

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