It goes beyond disrespect. It is more than an insult to police officers. The new mayor’s appointment of Brenda Konkel to the Public Safety Review Committee is an outright assault on public safety.
This blog broke that story yesterday morning (07-15-19). New mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway could not signal her hostility toward law enforcement any more forcefully.
Former alder Konkel is so reflexively anti-cop that the police officers union actually put up a billboard to defeat her for re-election 10 years ago. She hated police then, she hates them now.
The folks behind “We Stand With The Madison Police Department” compiled this rap sheet on Brenda Konkel:
- Tried to pass an ordinance allowing homeless people to literally crap on our streets.
- Publicly ridiculed a Madison neighborhood police officer with obscene and offensive content for running a crafting program for disadvantaged neighborhood youth and then when called out for her offensive behavior, fired back that the police were “censoring her.”
- Stalked and harassed a Madison police officer who was cleared through due process by the Dane County DA and the Obama/Holder Department of Justice.
Blaska would add:
- Advertised for someone, anyone, to file a complaint against Police Chief Mike Koval before the Police & Fire Commission.
- Lodged an ethics complaint against school board president Gloria Reyes alleging conflict of interest in an attempt to nullify the school board’s 4-3 vote to retain police in our troubled high schools.
- Sided with Freedom Inc., International Socialists, Black Lives Matter, and the Royko-Maurer Community Response Team to Derail the Jail.
- Supported the squatters who befouled the porch of the City-County Building for months on end.
- Fights any and all budget increases for MPD.
- Founding member of the coalition to evict school resource officers.
We said Madison was too liberal for Paul Soglin. The chickens have not only come home to roost, they are pooping all over police. Consider that Satya-Rhodes appointed another police critic, Greg Gelembiuk, to the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee. That committee is proposing a police review commission stacked with felons, squatters, illegal aliens, and addicts. (Related here.)
Law enforcement is racist
Who did the new mayor appoint as her deputy mayor for law enforcement? Yes, a former MPD captain. But not just any police captain. After leaving MPD, Cameron McLay was hired as Pittsburgh’s police chief in 2014. Two years later, he was forced to stepped down after a no-confidence vote by his officers. For one thing, he appeared at the Democratic National Convention while in uniform. More egregiously, he accused his own men and women in blue of racism most foul.
“The chief is calling us racists,” union president Howard McQuillan said at the time. “He believes the Pittsburgh Police Department is racist.” (Story here)
Anyone who plays the Race Card is A-O.K. with Mayor Satya!
The irony is thick with this one
The “We Stand” people note this irony:
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway tells Madison PD to crack down on vagrant behavior on State Street, then nominates Brenda Konkel to the Public Safety Review Committee.
Konkel is a dyed-in-the-wool cop-hater, who has shown repeatedly she has ZERO ability to be impartial in regards to matters of public safety. Someone who openly MOCKS and ATTACKS individual police officers engaged in community policing is unfit to serve in this position.
Who should be appointed to Public Safety is someone like Paula Fitzsimmons. She tells Blaska Policy Werkes:
Look at the cop haters. Say what you want about them, but they’re organized and tenacious and united.
Am I angry? Yes, because I know what’s ahead – but most of all I’m angry because I know some of this could have been allayed had more gotten involved when we had the chance. It doesn’t help that our PD has a union that seemingly sits back and takes it, and cops who are too tired or scared to fight back. …
I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw an even bigger exodus of cops in the coming years. Keep in mind that a weakened police department means we’re all less safe.
New York City sounds like Madison
Maybe Cam McLay will grace the national Democrat(ic) convention in Milwaukee next summer. Perhaps he could put into nomination the name of Bill diBlasio, mayor of New York City. From the Wall Street Journal: “Disorder Rises in de Blasio’s New York: Graffiti and petty crime are rampant again, as the mayor denies the justice system’s legitimacy.”
[diBlasio] propagates the smear that the majority-minority NYPD unjustifiably targets minorities when conducting street investigations. He knows there is nothing racially proportionate about reported violent crimes in the city, which in the busiest precincts affect only minorities. His posturing and gamesmanship provide fuel for the worst kind of conspiracy theories and hate speech against officers. Never has a mayor been more disdained by his police.
His factionalist, unserious approach to public safety might have paved the way for the ascent into the Queens district attorney’s office of a defense lawyer, Tiffany Cabán, who insists that the cause of crime and disorder in the city is the criminal-justice system. Her 20-point platform did not mention victims, violence, community decay, punishment or even guns. Instead, she vowed to keep as many offenders as possible free — even some of the most serious recidivists.
There are exceptions: she pledges to prosecute landlords who fail to provide heat, business owners who don’t pay employees — and cops.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Will the WI State Journal bestir itself to speak out editorially or will it just go along for the slide to the bottom? Some courage is required here. Who’s got it?