Brenda Konkel Correctly And Publically Upbraided By Madison Police
Former Madison alder and seemingly continuously constipated crank, Brenda Konkel, has allowed her Facebook page to be the source of the most ridiculous and screw-ball thinking and postings when it comes to the Madison Police. This is not the first time I have called Konkel out for her bad behavior. On July 1st I took her to task over one of her more outlandish tirades against the police .
The weeks of rants by Konkel and others who use her FB page to embarrass themselves finally crossed a line to the point an assistant police chief rebuked her in a most public way. On Friday the following email message was sent to the entire city council as well as to Mayor Soglin. Given Konkel’s desire to stir the pot in such a harmful manner this will not be the last time some one has to set her straight.
Today I was made aware of you posting and commenting on “doctored” photos (attached) of an MPD Officer that had initiated a new program called Craft with a Cop. This is an initiative that was created by an Officer who gives her heart and soul to the children and residents of South Madison every day she comes to work. I have witnessed first-hand how she spends time with the elderly residents and children, breaking down cultural and racial barriers in an effort to build trust with our community. We hear every day from you and others in our community how this type of policing is essential and desperately needed, especially in communities of color. This is exactly what this Officer does every day she puts on her uniform. She does it with a level of excitement, compassion and unselfishness that is an inspiration to us all. For you to take an innocent photo of this Officer, whether you inserted the text or not, and send it out on your Facebook page in such a hateful, demeaning and insensitive manner, is incomprehensible to me and others here at MPD.
I can tell you that although your actions have deeply hurt this Officer, I know she will continue to carry forth our mission of strong community policing with a heavy emphasis on building relationships with ALL of our citizens, young and old. I have included an “undoctored” photo (below) of Officer Levett with the children in her neighborhood. This IS how we want our Officers to work with our youth.
I am extremely disappointed that you have chosen to publicly use the picture of this hard-working, community oriented Officer in such a negative and unwarranted manner instead of supporting and highlighting this type of positive, relational policing.
Assistant Chief Randy Gaber
When Konkel responded in a huffy manner about why such a public reprimand was made over this matter the words from Gaber must have sailed smoothly from his fingers as they were so gut honest and to the point.