But — once again — not by the police.
We will not speak ill of the dead. Neither will we tell fairy tales. Nicholas T. Cooke, we are told, “had a loving and large family” and “was very driven.”
But Nicholas Cooke is also very dead at age 20, shot to death 09-06-21 on the east side of Madison WI in yet another targeted shooting.
The Wisconsin State Journal, our favorite morning newspaper here in town, is making progress. It is now including the criminal past of Madison’s targeted victims, which it did not do when first reporting Jovan Freeny’s targeted whacking on August 14. Cooke was facing three active felony cases for possessing (with presumed intent to deliver) cocaine, the same with and THC, and bail jumping. Throw in a misdemeanor concealed weapon.
Talking to the State Journal, the lad’s uncle sounds like a university grievance studies prof, so expertly does he weave victimhood, race shaming, and cop hate. “Leroy Cooke said his nephew’s past criminal charges might have stemmed from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” [Blaska: Like in the place where police caught him.] Uncle Leroy:
“Growing up as a teenager, as a black male in Madison, Wisconsin, you’re going to automatically get looked at, you’re automatically going to be targeted if you’re out in the streets with your friends, hanging out with your friends,” he said. “Situations always come up from the people you hang around with or you associate with or you just being in that circle around in that area. Things happen.”
Which jibes with the setiments of an especially Woke neighbor on NextDoor who pooh-poohed concerns over the increase in shootings, car thefts, and home invasions here in Madison. We just “don’t know all the context,” our neighbor cautioned. As if any context could excuse young people shooting each other.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Suggest, if you must, the context in which young Cooke was “being looked at” by police was his cocaine dealing and not his race. Risk being called a cop-loving racist if you do. But he’d be alive today if he wasn’t free on signature bail.