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If Madison progressives can play the race card, so can the Werkes. Who supports police body cameras? Alds. Sheri Carter, Charles Myadze, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, and Syed Abbas — all people of color. Who opposes, Greg Gelembiuk, Brenda Konkel, Public Safety Review Committee member (and UW student body president) Andrew Mitnick — all white as Wonder Bread. Or how about Mayor Satya? Yet to use the bully pulpit for fear of her progressive base.
The Common Council is slated to vote Tuesday 07-06-21 to begin equipping police with body-worn cameras. The technological tool that helped convict Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd death.
Leave it to Madison to over-think breathing. The official agenda item is #80 (out of 151!), however, merely “accepts” the report of the Police Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee. It authorizes no expenditure. The report is 57 very dense pages circumscribing when and how police can use body-worn cameras (BWC):
The Committee concluded that in Madison’s unique police reform environment, and under the carefully crafted policies set forth in this Report and Model Policy, it is worth at least experimenting with BWCs, to assess whether as applied here BWCs can on balance be sufficiently beneficial to justify their cost. The Committee therefore recommends starting with a rigorous pilot project [in the North police district], and then fully assessing the impact of BWCs in practice here in Madison before moving on to full department-wide implementation.
Activist Bonnie Roe — who really MUST run for alder some day — is asking citizens to contact city leaders in support:
Register here to comment during the meeting via Zoom Tuesday night. Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Public comments are limited to 3 minutes.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The City must hear from someone other than Dr. Gobbledygook, who is all over this issue in opposition. It will be a close vote, nonetheless.