By Kevin Nicholson
The No Better Friend Corp. ‘Backing the Badge and Building Bridges’ Townhall Tour got off to a rousing start Saturday before hundreds of attendees. The lineup included former police chiefs Alfonso Morales of Milwaukee and Mike Koval of Madison. Both highlighted the need for “the silent majority” to show their support for law enforcement as those in uniform face ever-increasing challenges.
I had my No Better Friend team plan this tour because I believe that law enforcement needs a platform to talk about the challenges they face, and to build relationships with the communities that they police. Our political class has failed our nation when it comes to both national unity and our public safety, so we are gathering law enforcement professionals directly with the people they serve in order to build a better future.
As former Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan said at our event, “There is a war on cops, and it’s happening locally and nationally, day in and day out … and we need to do something about that. There is no more scrutinized city department than the police department – none.” Donovan is right, and people with common sense need to push back on unjustified and politicized criticism of the police, and push back hard.
Former Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said, “I’m so delighted to be here from Camelot … [where] it’s bright, and shiny, and boarded up. But when you come to events like this, I just wish I could take a snapshot and send it back to the officers in Madison, and say, ‘There is a silent majority of people who understand.’” We need to ensure that this majority is no longer intimidated into remaining silent by politicians, the media, Big Tech and others.
Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales (who recently asked a judge to reinstate him after the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission absurdly demoted him) highlighted the staggering crime statistics in the city. He noted that 46 percent of gun violence occurs in less than 14 of the 192 neighborhoods in the city of Milwaukee.
Make no mistake: the Fire and Police Commission in Milwaukee acted shamefully when they removed Morales as police chief, and Milwaukee is now suffering as a result of their duplicity.
Hundreds turned out for our first event in this tour, demonstrating both the public’s willingness to show their support for law enforcement and the willingness of law enforcement to build a bridge to their communities. Other speakers at our first stop included Winnebago County Sherriff John Matz, State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Dale Bormann, president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Pastor Marty Calderone, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, and UW-Madison Professor Ryan Owens. Toney and Owens have announced campaigns for Wisconsin attorney general.
The ‘Backing the Badge and Building Bridges’ Townhall Tour will next be in La Crosse on Thursday, May 6. Other stops include Green Bay, Hudson, and Wausau and we’ll have a great group of law enforcement speakers at each event. I urge you to come out, to listen, to learn and to be part of the no-longer silent majority standing for common sense and fighting for our nation’s future.
Kevin Nicholson is volunteer president and CEO of No Better Friend Corp., a conservative public policy group in Wisconsin. He is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (Iraq, 2007 and Afghanistan, 2008-2009) and was a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMNicholson.