More shootings, riots, looting?
Would cutting the police help?
The more cynical among the gray lab coats here at the Werkes suggest a civic improvement for our beloved Madison WI: receptacles for spent firearm shell casings. Now seen only at the better shooting ranges, they would be positioned on street corners where once the U.S. Postal Service blue metal boxes stood ready to accept your essential mail.
Our favorite morning daily newspaper based in Madison alerted the Werkes to this need:
‘Shell casings pile up in Madison as city,
activists try to contain spike in gun violence’
Since June 30, the city has seen two fatal shootings, at least 18 incidents of shots fired, nine residences and nine vehicles struck by gunfire, and about 160 shell casings recovered, police said. That doesn’t include incidents in neighboring communities. Madison police and community activists are struggling to contain the “unprecedented” level of gun violence in recent weeks.
Police are the problem???
Rioting, a breakdown in social order, will do that to a town. Toppling statues of abolitionists in the name of racial justice and beat downs of gay Democrats have opened the sewer grates to the likes of career criminals like Yeshua Musa and other street aliases.
As it is, our Progressive Dane mayor is asking the cops to budget 5% less, along with the other city departments.State Street from the UW Memorial Library to the State Capitol is boarded up. Downtown Madison is not safe after 4:30. Sheriff says so.
Our elected city leaders have placed the blame solely on Mame, boys. We mean, the police. The betting window at the Werkes is open for which alder will move to Defund the Police. Odds favor any of the eight Progressive Dane contingent.
As it is, our Progressive Dane mayor is asking the cops to budget 5% less, along with the other city departments.
Acting Chief Vic Wahl responds that “This proposal for MPD’s 2021 budget is being prepared and delivered in the midst of an unprecedented period. The COVID-19 pandemic, increased gun violence, and weeks of civil unrest/protests have put immense strain on the department.”
What would a 5% cut mean to MPD?:
• Eliminating 26 sworn officers, 9 full-time civilian positions, and 5) hourly positions.
• Diminishing MPD’s racial “equity” goals.
• No more school crossing guards
Add to that, Ald. Max Prestigiacomo (Progressive Dane) proposes prohibiting MPD from obtaining any property from the Defense Logistics Agency, including face masks and first aid kits.
Peanuts, compared to what very well may be coming. Ald. Skidmore predicts “here are alders who will be demanding that the MPD budget must be cut by a minimum of $20 million.” That is almost one-quarter of MPD’s $86 million budget.
A case study in police de-escalation
Police Chief Vic Wahl details “the potential real-world consequences of political/budget decisions” on a police call to a “suicide by cop” incident on Friday morning 07-10-2020.
The individual walked out of the residence, holding a large butcher knife. He was shouting that the officers were going to have to shoot him and waving the knife. Officers maintained distance and did not engage the individual. He entered his vehicle, and drove at the officers’ staging area at a high rate of speed. They took cover behind trees and vehicles, and the subject’s vehicle stopped just prior to hitting a squad.The family was still present at the staging area, and the individual was less than 10 feet away from them where he stopped. He opened the door – while holding the large knife – and started to exit. …
Officers deployed less lethal tools — a Taser and a 40 mm launcher firing a sponge impact round, forcing the individual to drop the knife.
He was then taken into custody (uninjured) and conveyed to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. This was about the best possible outcome under the circumstances … a product of training, culture, policy, hiring, and having the right equipment in the right place at the right time.
… one of the squads being used in the pilot program happened to be one who responded to the scene. That stroke of luck may have saved this man’s life. … The current budget will not allow us to equip every squad with a 40mm launcher.