More police oversight may not be enough!
Suddenly, it’s not enough. What was so avant garde a few months ago — setting up an “independent” police auditor and a civilian review board to second guess the police — is now retrograde.
Social justice warriors warriors inscribed “DEFUND POLICE” on Martin Luther King Jr. boulevard in front of Madison’s City County Building overnight. Does anyone ever get arrested for vandalism or trespass in this town?
The Common Council’s Finance Committee will take up the auditor and Civilian Oversight Board at its meeting starting at 4:30 this Tuesday afternoon (06-09-2020). (The agenda here.)
Mayor, not social justice warriors, would control
Gregory Gelembiuk is bashing Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway for putting the police auditor (budgeted at $200,000 annually) under her purview. As originally recommended by the Ad Hoc Police Policy and Review Committee, the auditor would report to a oversight board.
“Basically it turns [the auditor] into Satya’s poodle,” he charged in a written comment to the committee.
Gelembiuk says the mayor eliminated:
- Public access to police records except under the direction of the Mayor.
- Power to conduct independent investigations.
- Ability to subpoena witnesses.
- Appoint an outside investigator for complaints against the Chief or a high-ranking officer.
- Retain independent legal counsel.
- Requirement that the position not be a former member of MPD, background in civilian oversight of law enforcement and in civil rights and equity.
- Oversight of implementation of the recommendations of the MPD Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee report.
- “I still find it amazing that they had the audacity (or utter tone deafness) to release this in the midst of the George Floyd protests,” Gelembiuk said.
Follow the Madison Common Council Finance Committee
- Livestream on the Madison City Channel website
- Livestream on the City of Madison YouTube Channel
- Television: Watch live on Charter Digital Channel 994 and AT&T U Verse Channel 99 • Listen to audio via phone: (877) 853-5257 (Toll Free) Webinar ID: 986 5340 8301
As we said before, the civilian Police Oversight Board is looking for ex-convicts, drug abusers, homeless, mentally ill, and social justice warriors. Republicans need not apply. Should you be foolish enough, apply here. The measures are also before Brenda Konkel’s Public Safety Review Committee Wednesday 06-10-2020.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’re no fan of Mayor Satya or the police auditor concept but putting the position under the mayor’s control gives some hope of the election in the future of a more responsible mayor. What Gelembiuk wants is permanent control by the likes of Freedom Inc., Brandi Grayson, Amelia Royko Maurer, and the Marxists.