Isthmus let its anti-cop bias get in the way of a good story

Bad old boy cops not so bad, old, or male

Kudos to Dylan Brogan of Madison’s Isthmus for persevering for an entire year before getting information out of the Madison Police about an incident involving officer Stephen Heimsness and a female police officer that occurred before his fatal encounter with the unfortunate and dangerously intoxicated Paulie Heenan some three years ago.

The headline of the resulting article says it all:

Shielded; 
Officer Stephen Heimsness hid another cop’s rifle without being punished.
A month later he killed Paul Heenan”

51qqgbyu13l-_ac_us218_But the Isthmus ecrivant had an agenda common to the liberal-progressive-socialist cabal and it was to tar the entire police department as anti-woman — an especially toxic charge in the current environment — run by an old boy’s network that denied the aggrieved female officer her just compensation for disability. Except that the incident involved Heimsness only peripherally and the female officer was never disabled.

The key takeaway from the City Attorney’s office is this statement:

The focus of Mr. Brogan’s article seems to be, ‘if MPD would have started the investigation sooner, then Steven Heimsness would not have been working on the night Paul Heenan was shot’ – that is nothing but wishful thinking. Mr. Brogan makes that seem like a possibility in his article only because he intentionally ignores evidence in his possession that contradicts his “story.” That supposition, is not now, and was not then, ever a factual possibility.

Herewith is the response of the Madison City Attorney’s office to Common Council president Marsha Rummel concerning Mr. Brogan’s article of March 8.

Alder Rummel:

I am responding to the email you sent [city attorney] Mike May regarding the … Isthmus article. I am the attorney most familiar with Ms. Anderson’s duty disability case. …

Let me first say the Madison Police Department does not determine whether a police officer receives duty disability. To say that MPD is responsible for Ms. Anderson not receiving duty disability is legally and factually false. The State of Wisconsin determines whether an individual receives duty disability based on a statutory process. In Ms. Anderson’s case, the reason she can no longer be a police officer has nothing to do with the incident with the rifle. In addition, the State of Wisconsin found she did not have the required medical support from her own physicians and denied her disability. … By law, duty disability is established by medical evidence – that medical evidence was lacking in her case. 

Regarding the investigation into Steve Heimsness, … the incident was part of the PFC Complaint made by Noble Wray to have Steve Heimsness removed from service. [MPD] found Officer Heimsness and Officer Drollinger acted inappropriately towards Ms. Anderson. Based on that finding, MPD disciplined officer Drollinger and sought to have Officer Heimsness removed from MPD. Officer Heimsness resigned from MPD before the PFC could hear the complaint. In addition, MPD disciplined a third officer who was not directly involved. That discipline is discussed in more detail below.

MPD and I provided the discipline information to Dylan Brogan well before he ran his article. It is unfortunate he chose to leave these facts out of his article and instead wrote, “Anderson says she felt like she was the only officer being scrutinized. Records show she was right.” The records in his possession actually show the opposite. Ms. Anderson was not scrutinized. … We told Mr. Brogan Ms. Anderson never received any discipline in her time with MPD – a fact he chose to ignore.

We also told Mr. Brogan that Officer Jon Drollinger, the other officer investigated along with Steve Heimsness, received a 22-day suspension for his role in the incident. In addition, another officer, who was not directly involved in the incident, but who engaged in MDC messaging with Heimsness and did not take appropriate action when he learned of the incident, was suspended for 10 days. Again, this is information Mr. Brogan had before he wrote his article but chose to ignore in his article, thus making it appear as if MPD took no action on Ms. Anderson’s complaint.

… If you feel the investigation into Steve Heimsness should have been more timely, the reason for the delay is due in large part to two events. First, the officer who removed Ms. Anderson’s rifle from the squad car (where she left it) was Jon Drollinger – not Steve Heimsness. Drollinger came to his sergeant shortly after the incident and told her he was the one who dismantled Ms. Anderson’s rifle and left it in the armory. … In the course of investigating the incident, it became clear Steve Heimsness was also involved … MPD gave Mr. Brogan documents showing this but, again, he chose not to fully disclose the facts in his article.

The second reason for the delay was Ms. Anderson’s medical condition. Legally, we cannot require an employee who is not at work for medical reasons to come into work for an interview. … I understand Ms. Anderson feels she was forced out on leave by MPD. However, her behavior at work, in conjunction with opinions from doctors, led to her leave. [MPD] could not close out the investigation until Ms. Anderson’s doctors cleared her to return to work and they could interview her. That took several months. [MPD] did interview other witnesses who were at work and available to be interviewed in order to keep the investigation moving.

The focus of Mr. Brogan’s article seems to be, ‘if MPD would have started the investigation sooner, then Steven Heimsness would not have been working on the night Paul Heenan was shot’ – that is nothing but wishful thinking. Mr. Brogan makes that seem like a possibility in his article only because he intentionally ignores evidence in his possession that contradicts his “story.” That supposition, is not now, and was not then, ever a factual possibility. …

— Patricia Lauten, Deputy City Attorney

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39 Responses to Isthmus let its anti-cop bias get in the way of a good story

  1. AnonyBob says:

    C’mon, Dave. Where’s the post about that congressional race on PA? I want to hear how Splat spins that as more “winning.”

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  2. coolkevs says:

    Republican candidate in PA who had the personality of a cardboard box, hedged on his support for the coal miners, was behind by 6-7% before Trump came in and nearly eked out a win. No, it’s not winning, but the Dem had to be Trump-like to win. Let’s mention the 2 lopsided Republican victories in Tennessee and Mississippi and the shellacking in Texas even though no Republicans had competitive races — I know, it doesn’t meet the narrative of muh blue wave.

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    • old baldy says:

      But, but, but….. what about all the “help” from trump? And all the help he gave to Roy Moore? Sure, they were both poor candidates, but running in strong red areas.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      The Dem won a huge, complete upset in PA because he reflected the district. Trump and his candidate no longer did. Buyer’s remorse to the max. Nobody cared about tax reform, they cared about health care and are worried about entitlements (eat death, GOP fundamentals). He wasn’t behind 6-7% until the very end, when Trump came in to brag about himself. The GOP and affiliated groups spent 3-4 times the cash and lost, even with a full court press. The cardboard box still should have won by at least 10-15% in that district. Blue wave towering higher than ever.
      And what was the shellacking in TX?

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  3. coolkevs says:

    From Peggy Noonan https://www.wsj.com/articles/deliverance-from-hillary-clinton-1521153317
    There is probably something to learn from Conor Lamb’s victory this week in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Tuesday night voters chose a man who won’t cut entitlements, supports tariffs to protect the steel industry, opposes a ban on assault weapons, supports union members, opposes Nancy Pelosi, and allows no criticism of Donald Trump.

    Which sounds like they elected Donald Trump.

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  4. madisonexpat says:

    Try to see past the RNC/DNC duopoly. Trump did and now he is president.
    ABob, your blue wave is as likely as your Pantsuit Nation.
    Who and what does the Left offer but Pelosi, Tom Perez, Hillary (I hope) and 18 months of collective, maniacal anger and unreasoning hatred. Nada.
    Schumer understood this and proposed an agenda of Trump Lite until his rabid base screamed him down. Now he’s reduced to trying to get in front of the Democrat childrens crusade for more “gun laws.”
    You got nothin’ but Trump hatred and that’s no way to go through life.

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    • ”You got nothin’ but Trump hatred and that’s no way to go through life.”

      Heck, that’s worse than “fat, drunk, & stupid,” am I right?

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        I’m not fat, drunk or stupid, but I do HATE trump. HATE him with all my soul. Hate him with every atom in my body. I even trained my dog to growl when he’s on tv. I will go through life hating him. When he dies I am going to hire a russian hooker with VD to pee on his grave. Got the picture yet gotch.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      And what does Trump offer to the 70% who aren’t his delusional base? Nada.

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  5. richard lesiak says:

    Please…Please …Trump please come to Wisconsin and campaign for Walker and Ryan. You have been so helpful with those other Goobers On Parade that your appearance in our state is required. Please make sure your party spends a lot of money too.

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  6. Lynn Mason says:

    Unpopular though it may be, someone needs to comment on the actual blog post! What is particularly bothersome about Mr. Brogan’s lies is that in Madison’s “liberal-progressive-socialist” environs, once a lie is out there, no amount of truth is going to garner any attention. Facts are inconsequential, because they don’t tell the story the liberal-progressive-socialist cabal wishes the public to hear. Instead, Mr. Brogan and The Isthmus are allowed to paint a picture that is as fantastical and surreal as a Picasso.

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  7. richard lesiak says:

    GO LOYOLA-CHI!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. madisonexpat says:

    So ABob and Poor Richard have ceded control over much of their lives to Donald Trump. The president controls ABob’s relative happiness and Poor Richard down to an atomic level as well as his dog.
    There’s a lesson here kids. Some people, motivated by hate, will voluntarily surrender the quality of their lives to their enemy.
    And that, ABob, is called winning.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Oh Splat, unless you’re wealthy, Trump didn’t actually lower your taxes. He and the GOP Congress just royally screwed your descendants, who you folks used to claim you cared about. I have none, but that doesn’t make me want to chuck the social contract out the window just for my own selfish, petty greed.
      It’s not that I hate Trump, although you should be honest that there is a LOT to hate about him. It’s just that I love leaders that aren’t venal, lying, petty, thin-skinned cheats and frauds, and who show a shred of respect for, or understanding of, our constitution. I’ve been missing all of that since Obama left office. Your “winning” comes at quite the cost to our country.

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      • @AnonyBob;

        “It’s just that I love leaders that aren’t venal, lying, petty, thin-skinned cheats and frauds, and who show a shred of respect for, or understanding of, our constitution.”

        Did you get to keep yer plan AND your Doctor AND see yer premiums drop ~ $2 1/2 large AND discover a new-found respect for Dr. Jonathan Gruber?

        I didn’t.

        And howse about the Most Transparent Administration EVAH!!! accepting an award for transparency IN_FREAKIN’_PRIVATE?

        ”I’ve been missing all of that since Obama left office”

        Seriously…SERIOUSLY??? Now THAT’S rich!

        The Gotch

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Median income family of four keeps $4,000 this year. Who they gonna believe? Dems or their own lyin’ paychecks?

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      • old baldy says:

        splat:
        Could you provide a source for that $4000 claim? Nothing on the internet seems to back you up. Thanks

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      • David Blaska says:

        The Squire is getting a tax cut and so are you. As for my descendants, the extra cash will help take care of them. Sure ain’t going to count on government.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        $1.5 trillion on the credit card guarantees that. Your Medicare and SS are next on the chopping block.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Surrender??? Far from it. Revolution is the word. You think Virginia, Jones and Lamb were an accident? More to come buddy. You know what you win with a solid 30% base? Nothing.I would rather be motivated by hate than a sheep drinking the gop kool-aid.

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      • “Surrender??? Far from it. Revolution is the word.”

        Ignore @richard lesiak at your peril, he has the Internet Tough Guy cowardice of his convictions.

        Have the temerity to embrace the Founding Principle of Dissent? Prepare to be threatened with bodily harm.

        From a VERY disturbed, and thankfully spiked, comment:

        “I do things the old fashioned way. Fists or a knife in you eye. No long distance, bone-spur excuses. Up close and personal. Just like posting my name. You want my phone number? Love to chat with you.”

        Knife to the eye? Mercy me! This is someone that shouldn’t be allowed to own goldfish, much less firearms, or, it would appear, knives.

        Court-mandated anger management classes don’t appear to be taking, am I right?

        The Gotch

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  9. madisonexpat says:

    ISIS misses Obama, Iranian mullahs miss Obama, freeloading NATO members miss Obama, human smugglers miss Obama, ABob misses Obama.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Everyone except Putin misses Obama.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Wrong yet again. Per Obama being hard on Russia is 80’s foreign policy. “Tell Vladimir I’ll be much more flexible after the next election”. Not to mention the lavish bribes both pocketed from Putin.

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  10. madisonexpat says:

    OB
    Do your own research. My acct. is my source.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Then apparently your accountant makes crap up. Who is it? Trump? You may want to reconsider using him.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Then pay the Obama rate AB and OB and Poor Richard but you won’t. You’ll pay Trumps so you’ll pay less and you’ll still hate him.
        I have GOT to cut back on all this popcorn I’m eating.

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    • old baldy says:

      splat:
      I did. And asked my tax guy as well. Sure some folks will get a $4000 cut, but it sure isn’t a median income family of 4. Me thinks you made that up.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        At least you’ve answered your own question about what 70% of Americans get from this president. Then there is the entertainment of watching President Trump do to Poor Richard what Poor Richard does to his dog.
        Pavlovian.

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