Welcome to Madison:
‘systemically racist, economically unequal,
and sustained by police brutality’
This evening (09-01-2020) the Madison Common Council will address the rioting, fire-bombing, beatdowns, smashing and grabbing that has plagued Wisconsin’s capital city this long hot summer. NOT!
Instead, the city’s elected officials will sink their incisors into … the police. And Joe Biden wonders why he will lose Wisconsin this November!
Alders will vote to appoint a full-time police “monitor” who will have the power to subpoena and second-guess (at leisure) police officers’ split-second decisions. That monitor will answer to a 11-member civilian police review board that must have at least one member who has been arrested and/or convicted of a crime. Half its members (5.5?) must be Black. Freedom Inc. gets to nominate (in reality, pick) one of the members.(Details of the legislation here.)
Most egregiously, the legislation spends taxpayer dollars to pay attorneys to harass the police. The WI State Journal reports that the city attorney opines:
“There may be some legal, liability and ethical considerations” related to the monitor helping people find and pay for attorneys to represent complainants before the PFC, including “that an attorney appearing before the PFC may also file a lawsuit against the City, resulting in the city effectively paying an attorney in preparing to sue the city.”
Given that Uncle Foolish (meaning we taxpayers) are footing the bill, the $50,000 budgeted for legal fees will evaporate like piss on a radiator.
⇒ It is Item #85 (!!!) on the Common Council agenda. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and can only be viewed on-line via the City Channel or YouTube. The webinar ID is 970 9209 1466. register online to speak or register opposition or support.
‘Is Joe Biden the new Hubert Humphrey?’
It’s impossible to miss the congruence between the rioters’ image of America — systemically racist, economically unequal, sustained by police brutality — and today’s Democratic Party orthodoxy. Consider this Bernie Sanders tweet from May 31, after demonstrations following the death of George Floyd turned to looting and arson: “The looting of America has been going on for over 40 years—and the culprits are the ultra-rich.”
Whether it’s Mayor Jenny Durkan describing the Seattle occupation as a “summer of love,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler joining protesters outside the federal courthouse, or Mayor Bill de Blasio personally painting “Black Lives Matter” on the street in front of Mr. Trump’s Manhattan apartment, the entire nation can see Democratic officials egging on protesters or demonizing and undermining police.
This refusal of Democratic politicians (including district attorneys) to hold lawbreakers accountable is what’s really hurting Mr. Biden’s case.
Use-of-force data for MadisonPolice: The yearly average is 0.21% of encounters resulting in use-of-force OF ANY KIND. It is a flat out LIE to malign MPD as killers w/badges.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We say again, Madison and Kenosha are swinging electoral battleground Wisconsin to the Trump camp. The President’s visit to Kenosha today — and the Resistance’s reaction to it — will help seal the deal.