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Madison City Council is using Walker's play book -- Al Rickey

Madison City Council is using Walker's play book -- Al Rickey

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It has again become clear that some Madison City Council members have drawn a line in the sand on the Madison police union and the hundreds of police officers it represents.

During the Nov. 11 City Council budget meeting, council members described the union as intransigent because it refused to reopen its contract with the city that was made in good faith. A council member called them bullies and claimed that Police Department has acted in racist ways. A previous chief was accused of turning the rank and file against the City Council. Police officers are described as being vitriolic toward the mayor. Taxpayers who support of the police are alleged to be unenlightened. Really?

I suggest that all council members view the recorded video of the meeting and parse the rhetoric used by some council members. Facts are dismissed and replaced with fiction.

They should take a look and consider the lack of leadership some displayed. The anger is obvious. Voices were raised. The faces were stern and the anti-police sentiment repeated. It was suggested that a "message" be sent to the police officers that they should stop "playing games.” Amazingly, one visibly upset council member also denied the City Council was "demonizing" the police.

The posture of a few City Council members is a remarkable reboot of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker's tactics: the government is broke, people are suffering, and union thugs are responsible.

Al Rickey, Madison

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