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harrissimo wrote:I don't know anything about Peter Munoz. Could someone fill us in on his position on the major issues? Do you think he can beat Mayor Dave in the general election?
He is the director of Centro Hispano. He worked as an aide to Mayor Bauman. I would guess he would take votes from Mayor Dave since he is liberal. But maybe people would also vote for him instead of Allen, since he is more liberal than him and he's never been a Republican.
This should throw a monkey wrench into things, since there may be people who are already behind Cieslewicz who would also support MuÃƒÂ±oz.
MuÃƒÂ±oz would also be the first spanish speaking mayor. I wonder if there are people who wouldn't vote for him because they think he would just help illegal immigrants.
Anyway, here's a clip from the Cap-Times about working with the police after the shooting on Willy St.:
Wray had doggedly defended the department's training after the April fatal shooting by police of Victor Montero-Diaz, a delusional man who had locked himself into a Williamson Street gas station restroom. When officers opened the door soon after they arrived, the man bit one of them and stabbed the other with a knife, according to an investigation by the district attorney that cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing.
Amid pressure from the community to adopt a Crisis Intervention Team training model, conducted by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)Ã‚Â and commonly called the "Memphis model," Wray announced last spring he was sticking with the "Madison model."
He went so far as to say he saw no reason to even debrief the one Madison officer who had gone through the training.
The department's training is not deficient, Wray reiterated this week.
"I don't believe for one minute that this department has fallen behind national or state standards," he said. "We may have fallen behind what we've come to expect."
Peter Munoz, executive director of Centro Hispano, campaigned hard for adoption of the Memphis model after the death ofÃ‚Â Montero-DiazÃ‚Â last spring.
Now he is angered that Wray is continuing to insist that all officers be trained to handle incidents with the mentally ill.
Once an aide to former Madison mayor Sue Bauman, Munoz says there are police officers on the force who do not have the capacity to learn to deal humanely with mentally ill people in crisis.
The chief "has not moved one inch," he said.
Munoz also sees an emerging change in focus of the group looking at mental health services from police training to developing a facility to stabilize mentally ill people in crisis as a ruse to take attention away from the shortcomings of the force.
Cops to Get enhanced Training
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