Today in 1993: The Mollen Commission begins hearings on the latest generation of corrupt police officers in New York City, involving uniformed patrol officers in poor neighborhoods who extort shop owners, take bribes to protect drug dealers, and deal drugs themselves.
Among today’s first witnesses is Michael Dowd, a former Brooklyn officer who admits leading a ring of drug-dealing police. Like the Knapp Commission of the early 1970’s, the Mollen Commission will find that corruption remains ingrained in police culture.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, the Madison Institute presents “Meltdown: Unemployment, Poverty and America’s Race to the Bottom” – a panel discussion moderated by David Newby. This is tonight at 7:30pm at the Morgridge Auditorium in Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue. More info at themadisoninstitute.org.
Saturday is DreamFest, with local bands, food, and children’s activities. DreamFest hopes to raise money to build an all inclusive dream park in Stoughton. The park will include activities for all people of all ages and abilities including adult exercise equipment, textural experiences and accessible equipment. DreamFest is Saturday from 2 to 7pm at Mandt Park in Stoughton. For more info, visit stoughtondreampark.org
Tomorrow, poets Oscar Mireles, Faustina Bohling and Gladis Benavides will read poetry from the upcoming anthology I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin. This is tomorrow at 1pm at Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park Street. More info at versewisconsin.org.
Tomorrow is the Sterling North Book and Film Festival in Edgerton. The festival, held at the Edgerton High School Performing Arts Center from 8am to 5pm, will feature special guest speaker Dr. Patch Adams at 10:30am. More info at sterlingnorthbookfestival.com, or call Kim at 608-436-4511.