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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

City Meeting Schedule: Week of January 17, 2022, Body-Worn Cameras

January 18, 2022 10:39 AM

City Weekly Meeting Schedule 

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Madison Common Council and certain boards, commissions, and committees continue to meet to discuss and take action on City business, however to protect our community, they are meeting virtually.  The City Weekly Meeting Schedule is a quick way to access an agenda and time of a meeting. You can subscribe to receive Meeting Schedule and Updates emails. Check the schedule periodically during the week since meetings can be added or canceled, or contact the City's Clerk office at (608) 266-4601 to confirm a meeting.
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Body-Worn Cameras


During the recent Public Safety & Review Committee meeting (PSRC), supporters of the BWC PILOT were called out as racist, resistant to listening to public input, a dramatic and compelling naming of blacks killed by police for walking, driving, running or just being black.

The Council approved a referral process to limits referrals to committees. So what was the purpose for the referral back to the PSRC? New information? New testimony? Different registered speakers?  NO! Registrants not supporting the BWC Pilot were allowed to exceed the 3 minute allocated time, those supporting the pilot were challenged or interrupted. However, the chair on several occasions noted that the public meeting was not noticed that a Quorum of Alders may be present. 

The recommendation out of the PSRC to Council was to  PLACE THE BWC PILOT ON FILE", in essence a recommendation to the  Council to legislatively kill the pilot? 

Previous PSRC meetings have displayed lack of procedural decorum, been cancelled due to lack of quorum, or due to absence of a chair. 

BWCs have been discussed by the Council, referred to PSRC for discussion. BWCs are not purposed as the panacea to correct the injustices perpetrated against people of color. I speak as an older black woman whose lived experiences knows first hand the distrust and injustices against African Americans. I have also sat with mothers agonizing over the loss of their child to gun violence. Seen the searching in their eyes when they asked "what happened"? 

BWCs are not "another toy for the police". This is a PILOT.  Police Departments surrounding  Madison have already equipped their departments with BWC's. Our City has expanded per the recently completed census. The North District was selected because of its smaller size thus an ability to analyze the policy, processes, budget associated with Implementation of BWC's for the Madison Police Department. 

Allocation: ($83,000 for the BWC pilot is allocated in the approved 2021 Capital Budget).

If you decide to speak at the Common Council scheduled for at today (Jan. 18, 2021):

Register to Speak or to Answer Questions: If you wish to speak at the virtual meeting on an agenda item, you must register. 

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Statement on Body-Worn Cameras: Judge Everett Mitchell

...We are looking for a quick fix when there isn't one--the fix is to invest in our people. Investment into housing, education, healthcare, workforce development actually do help build a thriving city for all. BWCs will not solve all of our police department's problems, and cameras are not a panacea. 


The goal is to provide transparency, training and accountability for our police work force.  If we are concerned with police actions in our community, then we need to build a police force that is built on transparency and accountability.  The body cameras do not resolve the internal conflict that comes with bias and racism.  However, having a lens into the actions, conversations, and responses of both law enforcement personnel and the community, provides a more intimate view of the actions taken that either reflect the ideals of our community or reveals the need for a stricter approach to hiring and retaining officers.  Body worn cameras will not alleviate the need for the other steps Madison has taken to listen to communities of color as well as other constituents, through the review boards and citizen panel.  They simply are another tool that can offer a level of accountability to reinforce what our community wants to see both in transparency, training of officers and further accountability. 

You should watch this clip.


Hon/Rev. Everett D. Mitchell, M.Div., Th.M., J.D.

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