East Towne Mall Arrest Underscores Tough Job Madison Police Are Engaged In
On Tuesday Madison Police needed to confront a most difficult situation that demanded action so to prevent possible injury to others. In doing so some in the community have again tried to undermine the police and promote their own twisted sense of purpose.
At about 5:15 P.M. police were called to the food court area of East Towne Mall. Mall security had requested, via 911, help as an 18-year-old black female was “out of control and making threats” including numerous threats to kill the security staff.
Once on the scene police found a highly agitated and animated woman who had thought her phone was stolen. She had made threats to a fast-food worker and subsequently displayed a knife to that employee.
Police attempted to secure the deranged woman but all efforts were resisted. While fighting with the police officers the woman spit in one officer’s face. As a result the officer got saliva in his eyes. Transmission of bodily fluids in this manner is simply appalling. The woman kicked and tried to scratch both officers.
For the sake of her own safety and those of others the woman was brought under control outside of the mall through the use of an electronic device. The woman was arrested and a knife was recovered. She has been charged with disorderly conduct while armed, resisting police (causing injury), battery to police officer, and discharge of bodily fluids.
To most people there is no doubt as to what needed to be done to get the situation under control. When someone is acting out in a wild and violent fashion the work to contain that person can look mighty messy. So the video footage of the Madison police doing their job was soon viral and the uproar was underway in Madison.
A group of protesters thronged to the police station where they insisted that the woman be released and that the police officers be arrested. (No, that is not a typo—that is what actually happened.) Would the protesters have instead preferred that the police asked the ranting and threatening woman if she wanted something to eat from the food court so she could have some time so to better plan her threats made to mall security?
The absurdity of how a certain group in our fine city wants to try and shape incidents to mold to their views of racism being everywhere is simply wrong.
First, the facts of the case do not show in any sense police were out of bounds or beyond standard procedures for handling a situation of this type. Police work can be gritty and not always pleasant to watch. Doctors performing surgery can be much the same. But we need people to do the work that must be done to make society run smoothly. Let us be honest and agree that the situation at the mall needed an abrupt resolution for the safety of all.
Second, the problem with this group of protestors always calling every action racist or police abuse makes it so that real cases of such actions are not taken seriously. The protestors actually undermine their own intentions by the ridiculousness that played out last night.
I know the rank-and-file citizen and taxpayer in Madison have no dispute with how our police handled their job last evening. The fact that we have an actual video to show how tough that job is should only further underscore a respect for our police.