Advocates for justice in the investigation of the fatal shooting of Paulie Heenan have pulled together an important community forum slated for October 16th which aims to press for reform of Madison police practices – practices that are related to the deaths of both Paul Heenan and Charles Carll.
Charles Carll was fatally shot by officers on Aug. 17 on Hammersly Road after his wife called for medical aid. Paulie Heenan was fatally shot by Officer Stephen Heimsness November 9, 2012 in the Williamson Street neighborhood. The community forum will also focus on selection of a new Madison police chief.
There is ALSO a special Police & Fire Commission (PFC) “listening session” scheduled for October 14th which will be focused specifically on hiring a new police chief.
Police Chief Noble Wray has stepped down as of Sept. 27. An interim chief is in charge until a permanent chief is appointed.
While addressing the use of deadly force on citizens is of crucial importance, our region also suffers from racist policing and I hope Madison will include that topic in these discussions as well.
LISTENING SESSION – POLICE CHIEF SEARCH
Mon 10/14 – 6:00p
The Police & Fire Commission hires the police chief, not the Mayor or Common Council. The PFC will hold a listening session to seek comment regarding the needs of the City and the department from members of the public. – source
WE DEFINE TRUST-BASED POLICING :
A COMMUNITY MEETING
Wed, Oct. 16th, 7-9pm
The First Congregational Church
1609 University Ave. – facebook event
Speakers / Agenda:
* State Rep. Chris Taylor
* UW Law Professor, Michael Scott
* Former MPD Captain of Training, Cheri Maples
* Keith Bailey, lead organizer of Milwaukee Matters
* Open community discussion to submit your input to the Police and Fire Commission.
NOW is a crucial time for community input, as the Police & Fire Commission will soon be selecting a new Chief for the Madison Police Department. This is the time for the community to have a voice on key issues affecting us right now, including:
1) The current police standard for the use of deadly force. Since November 2012, with the unnecessary shooting of an unarmed man on the east side, there have been 3 police shootings resulting in the death of citizens – deaths that many people believe were preventable.
2) The current practice of law enforcement investigating themselves in use-of-force incidents. It is not fair to either law enforcement or to the community they serve to expect the department to be able to investigate their friends and colleagues in an objective, unbiased manner. This is especially true when the use of force results in death.
You can make a difference! If there is to be change, it requires YOU to take action. Please join your community in helping transform current problematic police practices in these areas – let your voice be heard, and listen to others, as the Police & Fire Commission begins its process of hiring a new Chief.
Event description by Annie Besant from the facebook event WE DEFINE TRUST-BASED POLICING : A COMMUNITY MEETING