Ald. Nikki Conklin to neighbors demanding more police protection
Add Tamarack Trails as another neighborhood demanding more public safety.The far westside neighborhood association on 11 October 21 told Mayor Satya and their alder that residents are “extremely concerned about the escalation and increased frequency of violent crimes in our community.
Over the course of this summer, stolen cars are abandoned in our driveways; police officers chase armed suspects across our property; shots fired are routine events; car and home break-ins continue. These events erode our quality of life and have led us to rethink our everyday routines.”
Alders will consider the capital and operating budgets Tuesday, 9 November 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. for public testimony. (Log-on here.)
In a follow-up letter, Tamarack Trails invited their District 9 alder and Deputy Mayor Reuben Sanon (Pronouns: He, Him, His) to meet neighbors Chris and Deborah Chritton.
Earlier this month, as two cars were traveling at high speed on Tree Lane while the driver and/or passengers inside were shooting at each other, a stray bullet breached the walls of the Chritton’s home and lodged itself into their mattress. Had the trajectory of that bullet been a little higher, Chris or Deborah could have been shot and killed in their own bed. … We will not normalize gun violence as a fact of life here in Madison.
The neighborhood assocation closed by asking: “Can you discuss how you are strengthening policing services to support our communities? Can you assure us that our safety is your top priority?“
Armed robbery in their hood
In District 9 today at 3:41 this morning 30 October 21 police responded to an armed robbery at the KwikTrip, 7502 Mineral Point Rd. Police say the suspect was wielding a small black handgun and demanded cash. Described as a light-skinned black male in his mid 20s, about 6’2″ and slender, wearing a blue hoodie, a black vest, black pants, black shoes, and a blue mask. Contact the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345 with information.
Their Alder, Nikki Conklin (She/Her), was unmoved:
My position has not changed from my campaign, I support re-imagining public safety and investing into the CARES team. … MPD currently has 400-plus employees. (What do they need more officers for if MPD isn’t using the 400 plus they have now?) If more officers are needed in our neighborhood I support that. I want you to understand I support the police, the police do help in our neighborhoods, and I know we could never be without the police, but police have been around for hundreds of years and the same things keep happening.
Insult to injury, the mayor’s office scheduled the meeting with citizens after the budget vote. Former alder Paul Skidmore saw this as “a purposeful attempt to minimize the impact of our requests on the Council, and to shield Alder Conklin.” Conklin was endorsed by Progressive Dane, the Democratic Socialists, Freedom Inc., and Our WI Revolution. And, of course, The Capital Times.
Some of the proposed cuts are listed here. Includes cutting the police pre-service academy by $164,000 which will reduce the number of recruits from 47 to 44 to fund mental health workers. Sponsored by Alders Furman, Bennett, Currie, Martin.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Some of the amendments to defund police failed at the Finance Committee by a tie vote. Don’t be surprised if they resurface at the November 9 budget meeting.