… she wants to abolish them entirely!
It was the Madison Common Council’s Executive Committee, meeting on-line on 4 August 2020. On the agenda for presentation later that evening, an ordinance to prohibit Madison Police from using such non-lethal weapons as tear gas, mace, and bean bags.
That message may sell in Prestigiacomo’s campus area aldermanic district but voters in District 18 on Madison’s far north side may not be buyers. It is worth noting that Kemble has put out two campaign mailers as of today 01-25-21. None of them mention “police” or “public safety.” Now you know why.
Rebecca Kemble: “I think you heard alder Prestigiacomo and me state clearly we are in a historical moment where there are not only demands being made but a lot more understanding about what police abolition means. …. We need to think beyond improving the police system as it is and think about completely transforming public safety. … including people who might behaving anti-socially.”
Max Prestigiacomo drives home the point: “I consider myself an abolitionist and this is one step along the path to that.”
Ald Skidmore calls them out on it:
“I find it significant and note the honesty of Ald. Kemble who said this is not about police reform, this is about police abolition. And that strikes a different note in me and something more fearful. It’s a change in our governance system. But taking away the ability of the police department to exist let alone use less lethal tools is a very serious change that we need to be talking about … The narrative isn’t just reforming police but abolishing them.”