Tuesday, May 19 2015
4:30 pm - ?
City County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Madison has a habit of good intentions and not so good impacts. Among these we see the countless efforts to reform police systems. Police chief Koval brags continuously about the top of the line vetting and training process to eliminate implicit bias and contributions to racial disparities. Still black people are arrested 11 times more than whites in a city where we make up only 6% of the population; and when young Tony Robinson was having a mental health crisis MPD murdered him in under 20 sec without repercussion.
This Tuesday at 6:30 PM, The Common Council will meet to discuss an oversight committee that will hire an "expert" to review police policies and practices. But if the above is true then the issue is not just policy and practice but that of accountability and power. No matter what the policy or practice, MPD must be accountable to the community; and right now, they are not. This is why YGB and the Madison Community are demanding community control of the police.
We've seen that community oversight groups have no real power; and the "experts" that are hired are often invested in current policies and completely ignorant when it comes to the lives of those most impacted. If we want to see different and lasting results, then we need to do differently. We need community control of the police.
Had it been up to the community, officer Matt Kenny would have been fired in 2007 when he ignored protocol and murdered an armed black man, and Tony would still have a future with us. Instead, Kenny received an award and 19 year old Tony is dead.
Let's learn from what hasn't worked and move toward real change. The People of Madison have decided: Community Control of the Police.
There are two meetings:
The first is at 4:30 PM in rm 201 in the City County Building on MLK to create a recommendation for a 6:30 PM meeting to decide what happens. We're asking that people come at 6 for a short teach in before the 6:30 PM meeting.
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE
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