Madison alders still after police

Want to take away another tool.

Madison alders aren’t finished with handcuffing the police. Progressive Dane alders  propose ordinance #62413, which would ban facial recognition software, with some exceptions. Sponsors are Mad Max Prestigiacomo, Rebecca Kemble, Tag Evers (all PD),  plus Arvina Martin.

Tuesday’s (12-01-2020) Common Council meeting, to be held on-line via zoom, starts at 6:30  p.m. but the ban is way down the agenda as item #76. Bonnie Roe of thePublic Safety Action Network explains:

The Madison Police Department is opposed to the over-reaching nature of this ban because of the deterrent it would be in fighting crime. Currently it uses this cutting-edge technology to locate and rescue child victims of sex traffic, child pornography, and other internet crimes against children.

The proposed ban does exempt compliance with the National Child Search Assistance Act. Bonnie Roe continues:

There are many other important ways this technology could be used, such as identifying deceased persons when other means are lacking, identifying mentally disabled people who are unable to identify themselves, and in the case of serious, felony-level crimes for which there is an identified suspect. The photo/video imagery is then provided to a third-party facial recognition software company to perform an appropriate scan using specific algorithms and relevant databases.

[A ban] would tie the hands of MPD at tracking down our most vulnerable victims and lose the ability to generate tips on confirmed suspects.  For example, the case of Althea Bernstein, who had reported four white frat boys yelled a racial slur at her, poured lighter fluid on her and lit her face on fire. What if something had been captured on surveillance cameras at that intersection? It would be a hate crime. Would we not want to be able to add a facial recognition search to identify those suspects?

In the case of an active shooter, imminent threat, mass casualty event or other serious felonies, this technology could be vital.

Police Chief Victor Wahl and Sergeant Detective Julie Johnson discuss the facial recognition software here. It starts at 2:39:47 in the linked video.

Register in OPPOSITION to this proposal here.

E-mail alders and the Mayor’s Office in OPPOSITION.

UPDATE: Common Council 12-01-20 voted down an amendment sponsored by Ald. Zach Henak to add more exemptions to the facial recognition ban to find missing adults, identify dead people, and identify suspects in deadly felonies. That garnered only 5 votes: his and Alds. Carter, Harrington-McKinney, Skidmore, and Tierney. The ban then passed as originally proposed with only Skidmore and Henak opposed. Ald. Abbas was absent. 


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14 Responses to Madison alders still after police

  1. Ian says:

    Hey cop-haters who do not want FRT or body cameras…

    What do you have to hide?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Dave wrote in the side bar, “Just received word that Amos Roe, an active member of the Policy Werkes, passed away last night 11-28-2020 of an apparent heart attack.”

    Bummer. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Iam Pistoff says:

    Godspeed Amos Roe; did not know you personally, only through your much-needed reasoned, thoughtful, and rational commentary offered in BPW. I will miss your contributions and efforts
    toward the betterment of this once stellar city. Vaya con dios sir.

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  4. Alberticus says:

    Please don’t insult Mad Max by allowing any of these scumbags
    “TAKE(assume) HIS NAME in VANITY”
    Mad Max would watse them all without a blink.


  5. georgessson says:

    Amos Roe provided some serious & thought-provoking comments here. He always had community concern in mind. He’ll be missed.

    “All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike.”

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  6. pANTIFArts says:

    Amos Roe was a faithful reader of this blog and its comments section, and an enthusiastic participant in the latter, and will be missed. —P.J. O’Rourke said: “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” —- (make of that what you will)

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  7. Gg Mo says:

    More neighborhood beat cops , and less drones and toys. And absolutely No Private/Fed “replacements”, or UN “peacekeepers. The wrting is on the GDmn wall people….This PDDS is just as easily “useful”, and staged for special purpose as TDS. Fer cryin’ out loud. Re-read The Bill of Rights or move to CHINA.


  8. Bill says:

    I am personally sorry that Amos has passed away. What a great person to converse and learn from. I might not always agreed with Amos but I sure did like his or her opinion on things.

    Amos, thank you for your time on this earthly coil. You have made a positive difference in my time on this earth. I thank you for that.

    You will be in my prayers. “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may the God who loves us all, hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen.”

    God speed Amos. God speed.

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  9. Batman says:

    My heart sank upon learning of Amos passing. He showed up here not that long ago and noticeably enhanced this blogsite with his thoughtful commentary and humanity.
    RIP Amos the Bigheart; you will be missed.

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  10. Gg Mo says:

    Aside from profound sympathy for AR, and his family (they have been in my prayers often since yesterday, w/ no further comment), aside from emotionally citing pedo’s who could be caught (This perversion is promoted on Netflix, etc so I think we can safely assume that the monied, the FEDS, and Private lenders do not give a Gdmn about this filth run rampent) , aside from “busting” the LIAR A. Bernstein, this police-state CHEKA w/ “science” is an anathema to what the FOUNDERS of this Republic, and the creators of the Document that indemifies every life lost in OUR Revolutionary war. See the 4th amendmant. and better yet , take the cloak of “virtue” that veils your eyes , and ears ,and re-EDUCATE yourselves w/ a visit to our Constitutional Sheriffs ( ) ,and the Tenth Amendment Center ( ).


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