Attention Madison Professional Police Officers Assn.
You endorsed Satya Rhodes Conway for mayor of Madison.
Now you got her. What did you expect?
Madison’s new mayor has taken a page out of Jennifer Cheatham’s playbook. Like the outgoing school superintendent, Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway has rushed to judgment. No sense waiting for the full investigation. Not when there is identity politics to be played.
It’s been circulating on social media for a while now. A smartphone video of a June 3 incident; an unruly teenaged boy being struck by a police officer trying to subdue the lad. You guessed it, the former is black, the latter is white.
West High School sent the him home after the lad threatened staff. He continued his violent behavior, threatening his foster father and a workman. The foster father and Journey Mental Health called the police for help committing him for mental health treatment. He fought the officers for 20 minutes until before he was subdued by the blows.
The WI State Journal reports today that:
MPD procedures allow officers to hit, or deliver “diffused strikes” to, suspects in a number of circumstances, including “when an officer reasonably believes it is necessary to control a person” being taken “into custody for emergency detention or protective custody.”
“The officer’s actions may or may not have violated the law,” the Mayor intoned, “and may or may not have violated (Madison Police Department) policy; however, police actions in this incident are not and will never be acceptable as best practice in the city of Madison.”
The mayor’s solution: Hire a “black mental health practitioner.” Not an Asian mental health practitioner. Not a native American mental health practitioner. Heaven forbid a white man! Regardless, when the subject spits, kicks and punches to resist your involuntary commitment order, who ya gonna call, mental health practitioner person? Ghostbusters?
Just what do you not get about Progressive Dane?
But then, what did you expect of a mayor who campaigned for office on identity politics, Madison rank & file police officers? (“Elect the city’s first lesbian mayor.”) The mayor is Progressive Dane! Brenda Konkel’s party! (And you’re surprised the mayor appointed her to the Public Safety Review Committee?) Her campaign treasurer was Ald. Rebecca Kemble! Cops Out of School Progressive Dane! Derail the Jail Progressive Dane! Affordable housing even if it’s a penthouse overlooking the lakes Progressive Dane.
Madison alders also took the first steps toward implementing a civilian police review committee. Are you poor? Homeless? A convicted felon? Illegal alien? Madison wants you to sit in judgement of the police. We broke that story three weeks ago. (Read it and weep.)
July’s crime numbers are in. Police Chief Mike Koval reports:
- 41 reports of stolen autos in July (8% increase from July of 2018 when there were 38 reports of stolen autos)
- 14 shots fired in July (27% increase from July of 2018 when we had 11 shots fired)
- Burglaries virtually the same year to date compared to 2018.
- Thefts from autos are down.