Or do you want a repeat of Kenosha and Col. Heg?
Madison alders tip toe around Defunding the Police. How? By disarming law enforcement. They’re voting on a proposed ordinance next Tuesday 09-20-22 to ban tear gas. (!!!) The proposed ban would prohibit Madison police any officers that respond to Madison for mutual aid from using “tear gas, mace, impact projectile devices or other chemical agents for purposes of crowd control.”
Sheriff’s candidate Anthony Hamilton says he won’t be bound by that ordinance. Incumbent Sheriff Kalvin Barrett has not taken a position. Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes is opposed. So is the Dane County police chiefs association and the statewide police officers union.
With one fewer moderate on the 20-member Council, the ban has a real chance. (Read & weep.)
Bonnie Roe over at Madison Area Safety Connection asks, “What if tear gas was not an option for Madison police during civil unrest downtown in August 2020 when they helped a Madison firetruck get through an unruly crowd? Firefighters needed to extinguish that fire before many gallons of gasoline were ignited, causing a massive explosion and endangering many lives.”
Instead, police were ordered to stand down during the civil unrest in May 2020 when smash and grabbers looted State Street and June 2020 when rioters tore down statues on either side of the Capitol grounds unimpeded, smashed windows, beat a state legislator, and fire-bombed the City-County Building.
The resolution is sponsored by Ald. Juliana Bennett (Progressive Dane). Proposed Section 5.17 was approved 08-010-22 by a 4 – 1 vote of the Public Safety Committee; Alds. Bennett and Brian Benford voting aye with citizen members Brenda Konkel (Progressive Dane) and Aisha Moe (Progressive Dane). Only citizen Vincent Cha voted no.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Mark well how your alder votes. This blog will publish the full roll call and selected comments.