Springtime for criminals,
winter for State Street and Cooper’s Tavern
Terrorize customers with a baseball bat and bullhorn? Shake down the business for protection money? Madison’s mayor wants him released from jail as soon as possible.
Here is Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway:
“I have asked for Devonere Johnson, also known as Yeshua Musa’s, initial appearance before a judge to be expedited so he can be released on bail. I recognize that we need better options to de-escalate situations and offer restorative justice in our community.”
Sure enough. The guy resists like a bucking bronco, whaling away at five police officers, escapes the squad car, and the mayor of Madison criticizes the police. Madison elected an anti-police mayor and anti-cop alders and school board members, so what did we expect?
Madison’s cause celebré
Mayor Satya has an ally in Jeremy Ryan, aka “Segway Boy,” a convicted radioactive terrorist familiar during the act 10 intifada. This character has doxxed Sheriff Dave Mahoney on Facebook, exposing his home telephone number, home address, and e-mail addresses. All in a bid to free Madison’s poor substitute for George Floyd, aka “Yeshua Musa.” (Hebrew and Urdu, respectively, for “savior,” i.e. Jesus.) So tack on blasphemy to Devonere Johnson’s rap sheet.
‘I can’t breathe!’ Right.
Not Devonere’s first rodeo
For year it turns out, the chronic criminal named Devonere A. Johnson has been harassing downtown businesses and — as it turns out —shaking them down for money. For a year! When he is finally brought down — it took five police officers do accomplish the task — “Yeshua Musa” (as he calls himself) cries out “I can’t breathe!”
Clever fellow! Hijack the George Floyd protests for personal gain! Madison’s social justice warriors (not exactly critical thinkers) eat it up. Clearly, Yeshua is oppressed! A victim of your implicit bias! After all, he is black. His criminality is due to your white privilege. Police are the problem!
Mayor Satya and her Progressive Dane alders are setting up a watchdog with subpoena powers to second-guess the police. The watchdog will report to a review board dominated by ex-cons, drug addicts, mentally ill, and social justice warriors — their membership mandated by ordinance.
Back on the streets
An arrest has been made for smashing and looting Goodman’s jewelry store on upper State Street. Fellow named Kelsey D. Nelson, age 30. (More here.) The state criminal court database shows 48 entries against Nelson: drugs, theft, bailing jumping, illegal weapon, and a pending felony theft from last October in which the judge refused to issue a warrant based on lack of probable cause, according to the transcript.
Freedom Inc. wins
Madison parents lose. Mayor Satya has the votes to yank school resource officers out of Madison’s troubled high schools — not that a single parent teacher organization or school principal has asked they be removed. How this will make schools safer, no one will say. Good luck, Madison parents, finding an affordable alternative.
Because the City of Madison cannot even protect the City-County Building. The 911 emergency center had to be evacuated after a fire bombing.
⇒ The governor of the State of Wisconsin cannot even protect the Capitol. A statue of an abolitionist leader, killed fighting slavery and secession, is dragged through the streets behind a hijacked tow truck. On the other side of the Square, a statue of a proud woman leading the state forward (its motto) toppled. Why were police ordered to stand down?
A state legislator, gay and Democrat(ic), knocked senseless to the ground — on the Capitol grounds. Random motorists harassed, beaten, intimidated.
These are not ‘outsiders.’ They’re Madison’s own homegrown criminals; excused, enabled and even encouraged by Madison progressives.
Meanwhile, State Street is boarding back up again. It is, literally, the broken windows theory of policing. Ignore the broken windows, indeed, celebrate the sloganeering on the boarded up storefronts as artwork (the actual art center is boarded up, too) and then wonder why there is criminality?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: There is cause for hope. The feds are investigating the fire-bombing. And the local U.S. Attorney, a Trump appointee with no need to win election, is said to be examining other charges. It’s how progressives are re-electing Trump, who is certain to pounce on Madison’s misery tonight in Green Bay. (8 p.m. on Fox.)