Refuses apology, blames citizen — not active drug house
State Rep.-elect Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, is milking the Madison-is-racist narrative for all it is worth. She is demanding that the fearful resident who reported a neighborhood drug house show himself despite his fears of being race-shamed by the identity politics mob.
Credit to Dylan Brogan of Isthmus (one of the better news hounds now working in Madison) for exposing the lawmaker’s new status as the heroic victim of imaginary white racism. He dug into the Shelia Stubbs incident wherein she was stopped by police while campaigning for election while black before the mid-August Democratic primary. Brogan found:
- The anonymous caller never called police about Shelia Stubbs canvassing the neighborhood. Instead, he reported an automobile waiting where cars often waited for the drug house to open up.
Information from the anonymous letter matches up with details from the three-minute phone call with a police dispatcher. On the tape, the caller describes a vehicle with “a bunch of people in it” that had been parked near their home for about 30 minutes. The male caller suspected the occupants might be waiting for “drug dealers to come home,” but there’s no mention of Stubbs or anyone else knocking on doors.
“Up the street, five houses from me, there’s a drug house. Apparently, the police know about this. Now there are people actually camping in the backyard and sleeping in the front half the time. So it’s more of a drug house compound,” the man tells the dispatcher. “It’s active all night long and when the drug dealers aren’t home, cars just park up and down the street waiting for them to get home. It’s pretty active.”
- There really was a drug house in the neighborhood where the anonymous caller contacted Madison police about the suspicious vehicle.
Madison Police Captain Jay Lengfeld, who heads the city’s Midtown Precinct, confirms that the “drug house” was on the department’s radar and that the residents left on Aug. 31. (after the Stubbs incident).
- The caller did not get a good look the occupants of the parked car (Ms. Stubb’s mother and her daughter) out of fear.
When asked for the make and model of the vehicle the caller provides general details but says “I’m trying not to look because they keep staring at me.” The caller explains to the dispatcher that crime has “gotten bad in his neighborhood.”
4) Shelia Stubbs apparently was O.K. with the police department’s explanation at first but, having tasted national media attention as a noble victim, now alleges racism.
Public Information Officer Joel Despain says before the incident was made public, Stubbs spoke to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval at length. Despain says Stubbs indicted “she was quite happy with the police response although she was very displeased that the officer was sent in the first place.
“She is saying something different now,” says Despain.
5) Shelia Stubbs refuses to accept the caller’s letter as an apology, demanding instead a face-to-face apology despite the caller’s good intentions and his subsequent fears of being branded a racist.
Stubbs calls letter writer the “cowardly.”
“Maybe they didn’t intend for this to happen but it did. And they caused it,” Stubbs tells Isthmus. … Where is their courage to face me and my family?”
But the letter writer says they’re too afraid for their safety to contact Stubbs or sign their name.
“The story I see every minute now is that some racist called 911 on a black [woman] in a mostly white neighborhood. … I can’t reveal myself as there is so much hate directed at the person who called 911 on you, which, I hope you understand now, never happened.”
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