That’s a criminal defense?
It transpires that a Madison police officer was the one who fired the shot that wounded a fellow police officer in the 500 block of State Street in the early morning hours of 10-10-21. (More here.) We cut Katoine Richardson, age 19, no slack. He is as responsible for the wounding the police officer as is the getaway driver of the bank robbery in which the teller was shot, however unplanned.
Richardson was on the lam, already facing three felonies for jumping bail and a bunch of other charges. Told police he ran because he did not want to get caught carrying a gun — from which he was prohibited by court order — and for violating an imposed curfew.
Equity in action!
Richardson is alleged to have pointed a loaded weapon at the two officers engaged in the lawful pursuit of their duties. If young Antoine had taken the bullet, instead, State Street would have suffered its second kristallnacht. Another black victim of white slave catchers.
→ The young man’s justification to threatening the lives of the police officers: Because he did not want to get caught! Why accept responsibility now when you’ve been evading it your whole life?
Neither did the two sweethearts of the June 2020 BLM intifada want to get caught. That is the night social justice warriors tore down statues of an abolitionist who died fighting slavery and of Miss Forward, a prototype of feminism. The night they they torched city hall. The night they put critical race theory into practice because a black man had been arrested for shaking down State Street businesses with a baseball bat and the threat of more broken windows — all in the name of social justice. The night Mayor Satya told police to stand down.
→ Notice that there are no police officers to be called as witnesses? The two sweethearts were arrested only weeks later, thanks in part of the victim’s smartphone video.
They were so frightened!
White man with smart phone: very frightening!
Like thunderbolt and lightning! A state senator captured some of the hooliganism on his smart phone. The two sweethearts are charged with administering a broken nose and a concussion to the Democratic legislator.
The lawyer for one of the sweethearts is one Jessa Nicholson Goetz. “It was a highly charged atmosphere that night,” she told the court. “A lot of people were scared.” Criminals in the act of committing crime are often in a state of high anxiety. The lawyer argued that her two sweethearts were only trying to get Sen. Tim Carpenter to stop taking video. Criminals don’t like to be recorded in the commission of their crimes.
Carpenter had testified that he considered himself an ally of Black Lives Matter. But Nicholson Goetz admonished the Milwaukee Democrat for “not acting like an ally. He was filming them and frightening them.”
‘We’re talking about a white man who holds a powerful position.”
Despite her protestations, the lawyer essentially told a court of law to apply critical race theory. Although politically liberal and gay, the man was white and “powerful.” No doubt, riddled with white privilege, a perpetrator of institutional racism. Well! No wonder the two sweethearts were “scared.”
As for Sen. Carpenter, he testified that that the whole imbroglio “has created a lot of political difficulties that weren’t appreciated.”
“Political difficulties”? (Platinum subscriber bonus punctuation: !!!)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: As the victims of Stalin’s show trials were to discover, it’s hard to be an ally of a movement that eats its own.
“Richardson is alleged to have pointed a loaded weapon at the two officers engaged in the lawful pursuit of their duties” — Given adequate proof of that allegation, R. could be charged with and convicted of reckless endangering, sec. 941.30, a Class F felony (7.5 years “confinement,” i.e., imprisonment). *If* R. did point a loaded gun at someone, cop or not, then he’s committed the offense of reckless endangering. Best I can tell, though, he’s not facing that charge — maybe the proof isn’t there, but you’d think a curious media would be inquiring as to that subject. Sadly, we are burdened with a most incurious media. We should be glad that at least David picks up some of the slack.
“He is as responsible for the wounding the police officer as is the getaway driver of the bank robbery in which the teller was shot, however unplanned.” — Now, that’s an interesting little problem, and would have made for a really good plot device in one those old “Law and Order” episodes, where Jack McCoy would test the elasticity of causation and liability. I’d venture a gutlessly hedged, Definitely maybe, depending on the facts. But regardless, I couldn’t imagine such a charge being issued even by a very aggressive prosecutorial agency, let alone Dane’s.
As to what R. is facing, the online court record indicates 4 felonies (3 separate bail jumpings and 1 resisting/causing injury) and a slew of misdemeanors. That totals to 20-some years confinement, which of course may change significantly, up or down, as the case progresses.
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This worthless POS’s rap sheet could be ten times longer than it is and his official victim status would still guarantee he’ll be back on the streets threatening cops and ordinary citizens in no time. His excuse for running from officers–he was afraid of being caught–makes perfect sense in the bizarro world of Madison progressives if nowhere else.
Richardson may not be an innocent bystander in all of this, and his record speaks for itself. That’s a separate issue from the officer’s involvement.
We learned about this incident through the DOJ, NOT the MPD. Barnes should have been upfront about this from the start, yet he’s MIA just like he was with the Lt’s squad car sexual encounter. We were lead to believe that Richardson shot the bullet that injured the officer, when in fact it was another officer. Why is this? Incompetence? Accident? Do we know about the officer’s background?
What happened to transparency at the Madison Police Department? I’ve come to expect little from local media and realize they won’t bother to dig deeper, but they seem to be willing to give Barnes a pass that they wouldn’t have given to previous chiefs.
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I agree it’s very disappointing how MPD handled this. I think we have much less competence in the department compared to 5 years ago. It’s only going to get worse as the standards fall to ensure positions are filled.
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You’re right. The bar is being lowered out of necessity. At a time when police need solid leadership, politicians with badges are being hired to lead departments. Vic Wahl was a disappointment, and what we have now is no improvement.
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“It’s only going to get worse as standards fall to ensure positions are filled [by persons of the right skin color and/or sexual persuasion].”
Direct from Chief Barnes:
“The chief says one long-term goal he has is to oversee a graduating class from the Madison Police Academy where the majority of recruits are people of color.”
Basing hiring on the color of one’s skin instead of merit is racist. Yet nobody says a word. Too afraid or in agreement.
You also have to wonder what the reaction would have been from police leadership, city council, the media, and activists had the officers in both the sex in the squad car and officer involved shooting would have been white.
White privilege? WHAT white privilege?
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It was an officer-involved shooting. (The involvement being that an officer was shot.) DOJ investigates. That’s how it works.
No kidding, DB. You’re telling me something I already know.
Two points here: the lack of transparency from the department under this chief and the unwillingness of local media to dig deeper. Really think they would have given Barnes predecessors a break if they had been this secretive about something as significant as this?
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It was always going to come out, so no upside in delaying the disclosure. Like I said, DOJ had taken lead. That is how it works. State law.
Again, I understand that DOJ needs to take the lead. When officer involved incidents have happened in the past, chiefs have been transparent. They may not have been able to disclose private details, but they at least made a statement.
Do you really think that had this been a white officer who shot that bullet, that the police department, mayor, city council, activists, and media wouldn’t be all over this? Especially considering that the department led the public to believe that Richardson was the shooter?
And what about the sex in the squad car thing? The dept said they’re taking the matter seriously, yet more than a month after the incident, they’re still silent? They led the public to believe this was an officer when in fact it was a lieutenant.
I value law enforcement. I don’t like politics mixed with law enforcement.
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RIP Colin Powell.
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