Social Justice Warriors tell PFC:
‘No confidence’ in Madison police
Vic Wahl does not want the permanent job as chief of police in Madison Wisconsin and who can blame him. (That is not a question.) As committed to community policing and restorative justice as any sociology major, Vic Wahl could not please the Defund the Police crowd if he replaced his officers’ service weapons with the 64-crayon box of Crayolas.
The Gang of the Usual Suspects is on record before the Police & Fire Commission of tarring Wahl — and Madison police in general — wielding the sticky tar brush of Racism. (Their letter here.)
“Over the past three months there have been several cases where Chief Wahl’s department has treated Black residentswith very recognizable attributes of anti-Blackness. Chief Wahl has prioritized buildings over Black bodies and responded with violence against those peacefully protesting that reality.”
Really? The stand-down Madison police department? Beating peaceful protestors?
Madison police were nowhere in sight as rioters bashed windows and looted stores on State Street! Were free to beat a state senator and a passer-by (a black man, no less) trying to find his way across town to the hospital! Unhindered as they ripped down statues of a feminist and an abolitionist who gave his life fighting slavery. On opposite sides of Capitol Square! Fire-bombed city hall! Not a cop in sight! Those racist cops? Those peaceful protests?
You’ll recognize many of the names signing onto this Orwellian up-is-down history: Brandi Grayson’s Urban Triage, Brenda Konkel’s Progressive Dane, M. Adams’ Freedom Inc., Amelia Royko Maurer’s Community Response team, Shadayra Kilfoy Flores, Sharon Irwin, Matthew Braunginn, Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, Esty Dinur, political candidates Brian Benford and Heather Driscoll, and the next state senator for the 26th District, Nada Elmikashfi.
Their evidence for MPD’s racism?
“Police did not escalate white right-wing protests against the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order” in April. But then, those protesters broke no windows.
The signatories cite the Althea Bernstein hoax. Police were slow to interview the victim of “four white men allegedly hurling racist insults while setting a young Biracial woman on fire in her car.” Then again, the alleged victim did not report the alleged crime until 16 hours later.
Who are their heroes? Thugs like Black Lives Matter activist Yeshua Musa. “No one was injured, except Musa during the arrest, and no property destroyed, but the scale and scope of the arrest and recommended charges are vastly more serious, holding the potential for decades in prison.”
Terrorizing restaurant goers with a baseball bat and extorting money for his personal account is a crime threatening violence. Musa was already a convicted felon.
The social justice warriors write: “Given the clear pattern of anti-Black policing established in the department under Chief Koval and carried on by Chief Wahl, we demand Madison’s next police chief be hired from outside MPD.”
“Communities that have their needs met need little policing. A shift in power and resources to community is the way forward and good officers work to render themselves obsolete.”
THIS JUST IN: Urban Triage is hijacking an on-line Zoom meeting Downtown Madison Inc. has scheduled with a Madison police captain this afternoon. They’re offering their letter to PFC for talking points.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The indentured servants here at the Werkes met their own needs. They worked, saved, and helped better their communities. Fifty years of Great Society liberalism and progressive cities like Madison, Portland, Seattle, Baltimore, and NYC are boarded up because of “unmet needs”?