Even Tony Evers is wising up!
Forget that Ivy League nonsense recommending Madison police fade into the woodwork during the next “mostly peaceful protest.” (See: “Madison encourages more Rittenhouses.“)
Even Wisconsin’s one-term governor can learn from his mistakes. We turn it over to the New York Post (always a must-read):
Fearing violence, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sent the National Guard in to Kenosha in advance of the jury verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Wise enough — except that, if he’d had the guard out in force as soon as the riots started last year, there probably wouldn’t be a trial now.
That is: If Kenosha hadn’t descended into chaos, the chances of such a deadly encounter ever happening would have been much diminished. Two lives wouldn’t have been ended, and Rittenhouse would still be just another basically normal kid.
When rioting starts to break out — whatever the cause and whether or not it sprang out of peaceful and legitimate protest — every authority’s only proper response is to shut it down, fast. … Rioting attracts trouble-makers, whether Antifa goons or militia loons. In the chaos, even sane people can go mad. …
Those in power should reflect on their role in allowing such an incident unfold. The effort to frame these issues in political terms only adds to the madness. Joe Biden last year called Rittenhouse a “white supremacist”; no one’s ever shown the least evidence of that. The men he shot were all as white as he is.
The governor shares some blame with “hyper-aggressive” Joseph Rosenbaum (as he was described by prosecution witnesses during the Rittenhouse trial.) Only hours after the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha last August, Tony Evers burnished his credentials as a guilty white Democrat with standard-issue Woke cop bashing.
‘Please refrain …’
Dan McLaughlin in National Review: “The city and, in particular, Wisconsin governor Tony Evers chose not to enforce the law or use the National Guard to restore order. Governor Evers issued an incendiary statement on August 23″:
“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”
Wisconsin police responded with a statement pleading with Evers to …
“Discontinue and refrain from making statements … until the facts of the investigation are known. Previous remarks and statements made by each of you are premature, judgmental, inflammatory and only add to the anger and divisiveness of an already dangerous situation. A continued pattern of statements and press releases based on opinion and unsubstantiated claims puts people’s lives at risk.”
Governor Evers refused federal help, and waited days to accept National Guard help from other states, even as local officials in Kenosha pleaded with him to send in several hundred National Guardsmen to restore order. He belatedly declared a state of emergency and announced a doubling of the National Guard presence from 125 to 250 the night of August 25, a fraction of what local leaders wanted.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: A good first step is to stop listening to elite boutiques and re-learn good policing from George Kelling and James Q. Wilson’s proven “Broken Windows” school of policing.