Empower Wisconsin | June 4, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Lib City police officers are embroiled in a war on multiple fronts. They’re being assaulted by violent protesters on the streets and from their government behind the lines.
A recent statement from the far left Madison Common Council more than denounces Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s brutal treatment of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of the white police officer. It tells local law enforcers where this cop-hating city council stands.
It’s no vote of confidence when the leaders of your government declare, “We know that not all police officers are evil …” That’s a different message than, We know the vast majority of police officers are dedicated public servants — The more factual way of saying it.
The council’s statement echoes the concerns of many Americans, blasting Chauvin’s fellow officers, who appear to have done nothing to stop Chauvin from fatally restraining Floyd. Those officers have been charged along with Chuavin.
But the council treats its own police force, widely recognized for its diversity and community policing efforts, well, like it’s evil.
“We do not need to view any more videos; we do not need to hear any more reasons as to why this has happened. We do not need to add another African American to this list of injustice. George Floyd’s name does not stand alone; He now joins the list of injustice – African Americans that are unarmed and have lost their lives at the hands of one of our nation’s police officers,” the statement declares.
“Today, we stand in solidarity to say no more deaths, no more additions to this rapidly growing list of names, no more excuses, and do no more.”
Of course, there is no mention of the herculean efforts the Madison Police Department in working to keep the peace in a city besieged by hostile, violent protesters. No mention of how officers have striven to protect the First Amendment rights of demonstrators while protecting businesses from rioters and looters — at times a losing battle.
And there certainly is no mention of the brave peacekeepers killed by rioters, and the many more shot or beaten with deadly weapons nationwide.
The lack of support comes as no surprise from council members who have cut funding for the police department, leaving it woefully understaffed while calling for the same violent criminals the overtaxed force has arrested to be freed from Dane County’s jails.
Local and state police union officials did not return Empower Wisconsin’s requests for comment. Neither did Council President Sheri Carter. Here are the questions the alder would not answer:
Have you seen the videos of the criminals who have destroyed businesses and attacked police? Do you think your words and actions in not supporting and, at times, opposing Madison police (the vast majority of whom are dedicated law enforcers) have contributed to the chaos we have seen in our streets today? Do you stand with “protesters” who are damaging property and hurting people in the name of “social justice”? Do you think the devastation and personal injury caused in Madison by these rioters is also injustice?