Socialists and Progressives vote against
Police body-worn cameras survived a test vote Tuesday 07-06-21 — barely! The Madison Common Council voted 10-9 against an amendment expressing the Council’s opposition to that police reform measure.
The Police Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee recommends body cameras for police. The Council’s vote to accept that report was pro forma. But Alder Juliana Bennett — who is both Progressive Dane and Socialist, put forward an amendment explicitly stating the City Council would “not pursue the pilot program described in the report nor full deployment of body-worn cameras.”
Neighborhood watchdog Bonnie Roe reports: “Council members voted 10-9 against adding this language. A very close vote! If marginalized groups and communities and the general public don’t wake up and publicly support this, the pilot, and therefore the whole program, is dead.”
Ms. Roe reports that voting to kill the body cam pilot were: Juliana Bennett*§, Brian Benford§ (Willie St.), Nikki Conklin*§ (northwest side), Jael Currie, Yannette Figueroa Cole*§ (Orchard Ridge, Nakoma), Grant Foster* (east side), Keith Furman (19th), Patrick Heck* (2nd), and Arvina Martin (11th).” ( * Progressive Dane § Socialist ).
Ms. Roe concludes: “To move forward with the pilot, further resolutions will need to be introduced. Time is running out.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: That makes Ald. Christian Albouras a key swing vote. He was absent Tuesday; a tie vote would kill cameras. Curiously, the local Progressive Dane and Socialist organ (The Capital Times) has not weighed in on this important issue either way.