Madison mom urges more citizen involvement
You may have read that UW-Madison’s student government voted “no-confidence” in the university’s police force because the department helped city police fight the rioters and looters this summer.
Worth noting that the vote Tuesday was 9-5, with 9 abstentions. Also worth noting that student government would not allow UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman to speak to the council.
The student government president is one Matthew Mitnick. Young Matthew also serves on Brenda Konkel’s city Public Safety Review Committee.
Neighbor Bonnie Roe tells the Werkes that she virtually attended the meeting Tuesday of its budget subcommittee of three, consisting of Konkel, Alder Patrick Heck (also Progressive Dane), and chaired by young Mitnick but could not speak because she had not registered.
“I am incredibly heartbroken at how far down the road we are on de-funding the police. … the disdain for the police in this meeting is shocking,” Mrs. Roe says.
‘We have a crisis’
Bonnie Roe says she was moved to action by the tragic death of honors student Anthony Chung 09-17-2020 when his car was broad-sided by one driven at 91-mph on a city street by Maurice M. Chandler, 18, possibly in a stolen car. Anthony’s girl friend of six years —also an honor student at her college and Memorial high school — was critically injured. She is expected to spend months in the hospital. Bonnie is the mother of a Memorial High student. She asks:
Does it matter to us that Chandler has been bailed out multiple times, mostly for $100? Or that he was supposed to have been, by court order, contained to his parent’s home on the East side, except for medical reasons? Or that multiple court dates have passed, he hasn’t bothered to show up to his hearings, and just goes on to commit more and more crimes, arrested, jailed, out on bail again…
It sounds familiar, like the case of Anisa Scott, killed in the crossfire while riding in a car in daylight hours on a major city street, allegedly by three teens (16, 17 and 19) who also had criminal histories …
These are the tip of the iceberg of what we are going to see in our community. We cannot stand by and watch this happen. We need to demand justice for these innocent victims and see to it that those who are recklessly endangering others are not just released back out on the streets to commit more crimes, get arrested and then released by the courts to do more harm.
We need more funding and human resources directed to our hurting youth from their earliest years, and we need more funding for the law enforcement officers who are left to deal with all of the pieces falling in this present moment. In my opinion, we cannot afford to defund the police in any way.
⇒ Tell the alders “No cuts to Madison police.” Tell the mayor, too!
Many called, few were chosen
Blaska is still trying to make something of himself but his hopes for appointment to the Police Citizens Oversight Board have been cruelly dashed. (Must we resort to outright bribery? Can you Go Fund me?) The Council will appoint two more; not holding our collective breaths. Here are the 76 who applied ( * indicates those selected):
|Ankita||Bharadwaj *||OutReach LGBTQ+ Community|
|Keetra||Burnette *||United Way Leaders of Color|
|Ananda||Deacon *||Freedom, Inc.|
|Keith||Findley *||UW Innocence Project|
|Shadayra||Kilfoy-Flores *||Community Response Team|
|Rachel||Kincade *||Nat’l Association of Mentally Ill|
|Maia||Pearson *||Urban Triage|
|Yesenia||Villalpando-Torres *||UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence|