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1812, 29 Sep 19

Madison Cop Haters Drive Out Police Chief

What a shame.

After serving more than five years as the head of the Madison Police Department, Police Chief Mike Koval announced his retirement Sunday morning in his daily blog.

Starting Monday, Koval will no longer be chief.

“I did my best to be a guardian to the community and a guardian to the ‘guardians’ (cops),” Koval said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community.”

Koval’s sudden announcement came as a shock even to those who knew it was coming. Ald. Paul Skidmore, 9th District, said “probably around a year ago” Koval told him he was thinking of retiring this fall.

“I know it was coming, but it was still a shock when he called me this morning,” Skidmore said.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said Koval told her Sunday morning that Sunday would be his last day.


Skidmore said over the last couple of years, Koval has been “beaten bloody” by “cop haters.”

In his blog post, Koval said he was “eternally grateful” to constituents who have encouraged and supported of the police department. He said those supporters will “never know how important” their efforts were “to the morale of our Department.”

Koval also had a message for those who have spoke in opposition to local police.

“To the ‘haters,’ thanks to you as well — for through your unrelenting, unforgiving, desire to make the police the brunt of all of your scorn — I drew strength from your pervasive and persistent bullying,” Koval said.

I give massive credit to those willing to wear the badge in a place like Madison. It’s a dangerous business in any community, but imagine going to work every day, putting your life, health, and livelihood on the line, for people who generally hate your guts.

Who is going to patrol Madison’s streets when nobody wants to do the job anymore?


1812, 29 September 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Typical liberals—-pro criminal, anti-cop.

    Awful, just awful.

  2. dad29

    Who is going to patrol Madison’s streets when nobody wants to do the job

    You’re seeing the results of the Feminization of Government.  Good men bow out, and more men will follow.  Histrionics (note the derivation of the word) rules in the courtroom and in newspapers.

    Same reason that Barrett wants to ditch Morales.

  3. jjf

    Not that Dad29 has anything against women, of course.

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    Except dud doesn’t own a dictionary…..

    “The term “histrionic” developed from “histrio,” Latin for actor. Something that is “histrionic” tends to remind one of the high drama of stage and screen and is often stagy and over-the-top. It especially calls to mind the theatrical form known as the “melodrama,” where plot and physical action, not characterization, are emphasized. But something that is “histrionic” isn’t always overdone; the word might simply refer to an actor or something related to the theater. In that sense, it becomes a synonym of “thespian.”

    Source: Merriam and Webster

  5. Kevin Scheunemann

    You 2 libs….

    You focus on anything but the liberals destroying a decent police chief and the pro-criminal mentality in Madison.

    Awful. JUST AWFUL.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    Obviously k doesn’t own a dictionary either. Nor can he comprehend subtlety or nuance. Yet he feels compelled to comment on something he doesn’t understand.

    Awful, just awful.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    You want to steer to subtle and nuance when the Madison cop haters beat the prior police chief “bloody”?

    Talk about focusing on the mouse instead of elephant in the room!

    Awful! Just Awful!

    How about standing against the liberal cop haters as part of your “nuance?

  8. Le Roi du Nord


    Keep going k, you missed the whole point. Get a better understanding of the English language. Then you won’t continue to embarrass yourself.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann


    It would be nice if you pointed out your comment on the subject at hand before berating others in your arrogance.   I missed part where you denounced liberal cop haters.   Maybe you can point it out.

    All I saw was a pompous, arrogant, irrelevant comment toward another person’s comment and you failed to post anything directly on the subject of the post…that mattered.

  10. Le Roi du Nord

    Keep going k, your hole is getting deeper.

  11. Kevin Scheunemann


    Still waiting for an ounce of criticism from you of Madison cop haters.

    I don’t think you have the courage to criticize cop haters.

  12. Le Roi du Nord


    I have said numerous times on this site that I support law and order, and our law enforcement community.  Your memory is short and very selective.

  13. Kevin Scheunemann


    So can you easily mouth a criticism of the liberal cop haters in this case?

    Should be easy.

  14. Le Roi du Nord

    Remember k, I speak for myself.  You don’t get to.  I have told you that many times..

  15. Kevin Scheunemann


    You fail to speak up for good cops.

    Just choke out a little support for this good, decent cop?

    Or do you like to let liberal cop haters have their way?

  16. Kevin Scheunemann

    ….or will you be persona non grata at the liberal cult meetings for saying something openly nice about good cops?

  17. Le Roi du Nord


    I wouldn’t know, as I don’t belong to any cults, liberal, conservative, religious, or otherwise.  You know that already.

    I am friends with, have worked with, and associate with LE officers and have for years.  No doubt more so than you ever will.  So don’t embarrass yourself any further.

  18. jjf

    Gee, Le Roi, don’t you know anything?  The debate can only be “cops good” or “cops bad.”  No room for nuance.  No room for discussion of how to improve anything.  No room to reduce harm and maximize justice.  No room to root out racism.

    Just follow Kevin’s simple maxim: “don’t be a criminal thug and you won’t get arrested.”  It’s as simple as that!

    I’m still waiting for him to tell me why Milwaukee is so segregated.  Or Madison, for that matter.

  19. Le Roi du Nord

    True.  But we all have to realize that we rational folks will always be wrong, and good, solid, fact-averse conservatives like k will always be right.  Always.

  20. Kevin Scheunemann

    So you 2 embolden the Madison cop haters?

    That is shameful.

    No support from either of you for this police chief?

  21. jjf

    Yeah, Kevin, that’s clearly exactly what we said.  You’ve got it right.  When the Madison cop haters need emboldening, we’re the ones they come to.

  22. Kevin Scheunemann


    So can you muster some direct support for this chief forced out?

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