Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Now can we quit paying his salary?

JS Daywatch:
A Dane County jury has found fired Milwaukee Police officer Jon Bartlett guilty of making a telephoned bomb threat to the District 7 police station last December, and bail jumping.
Even John Gard can't help him now.

UPDATE: Since he was fired more than a year ago for his role in the savage beating of Frank Jude and the subsequent coverup, Bartlett has been paid $72,900 in salary, City Hall sources say. With fringes it comes to a total of $97,686. State law dictates that he will go off the payroll once he is sentenced. Sentencing date will be set this Thursday. So, he'll get another check or two. He could save the taxpayers a few bucks, like ex- State Rep. Scott Jensen did, by resigning. But that would seem out of character.


At 6:29 PM, Blogger SteveS said...

Gee - another 'Man in Blue' from one of our state's two socialist mega-centers (the People's Republic of Madison being the other) who felt above the very laws he swore to uphold.

Want to bet he knows Doyle personally? Maybe even related?

I am sure he will enjoy his chance to learn first hand about prison life. ;0

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Spotlight said...

In re: Steves: Not every stupid thought that wanders through one's skull is worthy of Internet posting.

Doyle has nothing to do with Bartlett: Bartlett owes his last 18 months free money to John Gard, Doyle's sworn enemy.


At 7:11 PM, Blogger SteveS said...

Then why are you posting?

Your point is part valid - it seems the 'system' supported paying this crook who hid in a blue uniform. As did that socialist system put him in the role in the first place.

Didn't Gard merely prevent an ill-formed law change to strip people from Bartlet from having their rights violated by being punished before conviction?

Nah, that couldn't be it, could it?

At 7:15 PM, Blogger SteveS said...

By the way, not interest in name calling. We may not now, nor never ever agree, but I do believe in the principle that both you and I, as do all people, deserve their own opinion. We may error, be in error, be foolish, or be simply wrong, but we share a freedom unparalleled in much of mankind's history.

You have to buy the first beer though.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

You may be surprised to learn that the law requiring fired police officers to be paid during appeal only applies to Milwaukee. It is a Republican payoff for support from the Milwaukee Police Assn,

At 8:51 PM, Blogger SteveS said...

How is a particularly Republican thing to leave someone on salary until sentenced?

The original law dates back some 25 years plus. The Statistics suggest that roughly 1 to 3 officers or firefighters are being paid under its provisions at any time.

Was ever last one a Bartlett?

Why did it take Bartlett for the perception of the law being unjust to ferment?

Why is it only in Milwaukee that the decision to fire is not a commission decision?

Doesn't our own Military pay until conviction?

At 9:27 PM, Blogger XOut said...

And because his appeals are now over, Bartlett will be required to pay back all of the salary he was paid.

Did anyone mention that yet?

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

You are the first to mention it.

Unfortunately, it's not true.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Sherman said...

I don't think the U.S. military is a valid comparison.

However, no other union, no other police department and no other fire department in the state pays employees after they are fired. In fact I would challenge anyone to find one other city in the entire country that continues to pay officers after they are fired.

The chief has firing authority in Milwaukee because Milwaukee has more than 2,000 officers and it has to fire officers for various reasons on a regular basis. Cities with 20 cops may go years without firing someone.

The city of Milwaukee has tried to change this provision many times but they have been blocked by Gard and the Republicans at every turn.

The intellectual gymnastics the Republicans perform in an attempt to justify this travesty would be entertaining if I as a taxpayer weren't still paying Bartlett's salary.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger grumps said...

Wait a minute. Why isn't there a right-side uproar over cops making a $72,000 salary? Aren't they Union employees, just like the teachers?

Where's the outrage? Where's the love?

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Dad29 said...

How the hell will he pay for all that ammo without a paycheck?


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