Madison police union comes out with its hands up
are they really that naive?
That was a shocker. The labor union representing Madison’s beat cops is endorsing Satya Rhodes-Conway over Paul Soglin for mayor. Soglin has given police more bodies, more equipment, and a new Mid-Town police station. Paul Soglin has done everything but mount the bully pulpit and defend them from accusations of institutional racism.
Satya won’t do that, either. But she will do more harm to policing. Rhodes-Conway is Progressive Dane — Madame Brenda Konkel’s outfit, which is reflexively anti-cop.
Yeah, Mayor Paul is in trouble. Both newspapers have gone Satya’s way. So have the teachers’ union.
Madison police defender Paula Fitzsimmons notes that Satya is big on second-guessing beat cops who often have mere seconds to react to situations bureaucrats take months to criticize. By contrast, Rhodes-Conway favors:
- Establishing an independent police auditor’s office reporting to a civilian police review body.
- Involving the public in the process of selecting and evaluation of the Chief and top leadership. Yep, Madison is going to pick the captains, maybe even the lieutenants.
- Require officers to complete a daily activity log
- Still more restorative justice!
Yet, the Madison Professional Police Officers Assn, in its own press release, states:
We strongly believe in the efficacy of Wisconsin’s current Police and Fire Commission statute and firmly oppose any move that would subject our members to inappropriate political influence or misjudgment by passion alone; the PFC is a respected institution of independent accountability which needs no replacement.
Are there no detectives among MPPOA’s membership? Did they do no investigation or did they merely swallow Rhodes-Conway’s endorsement interview whole?
The police union wants more cops. “Our membership has not been able to fully address core public safety issues in our community … [because] we lack the resources to do so.”
Are they aware that Satya Rhodes-Conway is on record opposing more cops?
“Rhodes-Conway said the department doesn’t need more sworn personnel and wants to explore ways to address non-crime calls without sending officers and channel more resources to addressing mental health and drug addiction.” — Wisconsin State Journal
The cops union also wants body cameras. Are they aware that Satya’s treasurer is Ald. Rebecca Kemble, an opponent of body cameras?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Madison police have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome. Looking like things will have to get worse before they get better.