Soglin’s War on the Poor

Posted May 24th, 2012 @ 8:18 AM by

He must have mis-spoke while running for office, he didn’t want to solve poverty, he wanted to move poor people out of town (I guess that reduces poverty), demonize them and criminalize their behaviors. Here’s his latest.

Someone has got to explain this to me . . .

Downtown leaders are joining Madison officials in a push to improve safety in response to violence — especially brazen behavior with guns — in the central city.

Some of the things being considered include putting more police on the street late at night and on weekends, enacting tougher rules on loitering and panhandling, seeking more cooperation between police and bar owners, and a grass-roots initiative asking residents and others to report crime and suspicious behavior.

What does panhandling have to do with anything? I’m still trying to figure that out. I actually thought that they had effectively gotten rid of most panhandling, except for one little box (it was outlined with green paint at one point) on State St, but now I’m going to have to check that out.

The loitering law is later described as allowing the police to disperse a crowd if there are gang members gathered. I’m not sure if I’m concerned about that one or not – guess it is all in how it gets used.

I think what disturbs me most is that the solutions seem to target a behavior that has not been linked to the shooting. Much like the homeless were targeted when after the murders of Joel Morino and Brittany Zimmerman murder. And homeless have not been connected to either murder.

Its extremely disappointing behavior by our city leaders. I think they need to explain their logic . . . or lack thereof.

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