Fighting Mayor Satya’s threatened 5% cop defunding
Addressed to Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway on 09-07-21:
The Meadowood Neighborhood Assn opposes your plan to cut the Madison police department budget.
In this last year, our neighborhood has experienced multiple shots fired incidents with at least one injury, multiple burglaries, and other property crimes. Homes have been hit with bullets while people slept in their beds. The city already has too few officers to address multiple, on-going incidents. The five percent cut you have proposed may result in the loss of more than 35 officers from our understaffed police force. Police are already stretched thin — more cuts will make their jobs more dangerous and reduce response times. Residents in our neighborhood feel unsafe and unheard. Reducing our overstretched police forde only exacerbates anger and distrust toward yo and other elected officials. …
We depend on the police to show up when people in stolen cars race down our streets shooting buns. Pepetraors of these incredibly dangerous acts need to be apprehended. Neighborhood safety is at the very top of MNA’s priorities. It should also be a top priority for the city. … We believe that you can find the money to fully fund the police department while also funding longer term responses to reduce crime. …
Sincerely, Theresa A. Evanson
Meadowood Neighborhood Assn. president
cc: all Madison city alders
Neighbors on the west side of Madison WI can advocate for public safety during an on-line “conversation” 6 p.m. Thursday 09-30-21. The panel includes the four alders (including anti-cop Nikki Conklin) and Police Chief Shon Barnes, Captain Tim Patton, and Sheriff Kalvin Barrett. Be forewarned: They’re using the euphemism “re-imagining public safety.” Not seeing any reps from the mayor’s office. But two social services agencies hungry for our tax dollars.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Tell the brass they’re not going to “re-imagine” gunshots and stolen cars careening down our streets. Not on our street. And tell the sheriff he’s holding “inmates,” not “guests.”