The Community Response Team (CRT) invites you to a open group meeting beginning at 5:15pm on Thursday, October 15 at Bethany Evangelical Church, 301 Riverside Dr., in Madison.
The CRT is a loosely affiliated group of individuals united in the interest of building healthier systems of public safety and community justice in Madison. The CRT formed after Paul Heenan’s shooting by a Madison Police Officer on November 9th, 2012. The group has since worked to try to influence the culture, policies and practice of policing that made that shooting possible, and that affects Madison residents every day. This past March, Tony Robinson was killed on Williamson Street by MPD Officer Matt Kenny. We are looking to work with anyone who shares our concern and our desire for action to prevent future such losses. Our current mission statement is copied below.
Many of you attended a panel that we organized at Bethany Evangelical Church on September 21st. It was a powerful and complicated evening. We'd like to continue to talk about that evening, while strategizing for next steps. We plan to use our October 15 meeting to:
Reflect on the September 21st panel at Bethany Evangelical Church.
We'll share reactions, evaluate the event's execution, and imagine future events.
Discuss future projects.
We'll form work groups of interested members to explore specific forms of action.
Current and new members can share goals and commitments.
We'll talk about our group structure and decision-making processes.
We look forward to seeing you on October 15th.
CRT’s current mission statement:
1. To seek to minimize police use of non-negotiable force in our community.
2. To develop a roadmap and template for community response to police use of non-negotiable force for Madison that could also be used by other communities.
3. To work with all segments of our community, informed especially by leadership from communities most impacted by police use of non-negotiable force.
4. To provide space for the community to grieve, recognize when harm has been done, and seek truth, dialogue, and restoration.
5. To create a space to support the people most directly impacted by instances of police use of non-negotiable force (immediate family, close friends, neighbors, and witnesses).
6. To build capacity to support authentic, community-lead public safety alternatives to be called upon instead of invoking police intervention, especially in instances of people suffering acute personal crisis (mental health, intoxication, desperate financial circumstances, etc).
7. To make police feel they will be held accountable to the standards of the many communities they serve.
8. To seek as much as possible to place control of the quality of police work conducted in our community in the hands of the community.