- Denise Everhart
- Richard Harmon
- Larry Wolgast
The City Council members who sold out Victims of Violence: (and need to be voted out)Dan Stanley- Interim City ManagerMayor Bill Bunton
The Councils email address and contact numbers are here: http://www.topeka.org/cityofficials/And to those I say:
- Karen Hiller
- John Alcala,Deputy Mayor
- Sylvia Ortiz
- Chad Manspeaker
- Bob Archer
- Andrew Gray
The seven Topeka City Council and District Attorney, Chad Taylor’s, off-the-cuff comments have a distinctly shrewish tone. If you disagree with my claim that it can plausibly be surmised that these stooges compress their traducements into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed, then read no further. The Topeka City Council doesn’t simply want people to believe that “metanarratives” are the root of tyranny, lawlessness, overpopulation, racial hatred, world hunger, disease, and rank stupidity. It wants this belief drummed into people’s heads from birth. It wants it to be accepted as an axiom, an assumed part of the nature of reality. Only then will the Topeka City Council truly be able to get away with twisting the truth. In a Topeka City Council-led society, people who educate the public on a range of issues will be suppressed, vilified, hated, imprisoned, exiled, and killed. From this anecdotal evidence I would argue that if a cogent, logical argument entered their brains, no doubt a concussion would result. Once you begin to see the light you’ll realize that Topeka sees the world as somewhat anarchic, a game of catch-as-catch-can in which the sneakiest skivers nab the biggest prizes.You might not care that my message has always been that by supporting stupid, incontinent mountebanks with inferior moral standards, we devalue ourselves, the lives of our children, and the heroes who died for our freedoms, but you’d better start caring if you don’t want the Topeka City Council or District attorney to regiment the public mind as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers. Emotionalism is a plague upon us all, a pox that will likely not be erased in the lifetime of any reader of this blog. To Topeka City Council, however, it’s merely a convenient mechanism for crushing any semblance of opposition to its filthy, combative apothegms. The baneful nature of Topeka’s fulminations is not just a rumor. It is a fact to which I can testify.It would seem the seven Topeka City Councilpersons have been working for years to create a faux moral and ideological climate in which cranky leeches can provide cover for a contumelious, anti-humanist agenda.And that’s all I have to say. For now…
Tonight at 6pm CST the City of Topeka Kansas [http://www.topeka.org/video/] will decide whether or not they will make domestic violence “legal”. Troubling comes to the mind mostly fear. The fear that victims not only will be denied equal protection under law as outlined in the Fourteenth Amendment specifically, Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction. The district attorney of Shawnee County, Chadwick Taylor, Topeka City Council and Shawnee County Commissioners are playing a dangerous game of chicken with victims of domestic violence. Tonight these white males with privilege will decide the fate of many victims by repealing a ban on domestic violence within the city of Topeka in other words, ‘Sharia Law’ has come to the Midwest. That’s right, it could be “legal” to beat your spouse with no repercussions, legal ones anyways. I doubt the city fathers have thought about what this legacy will bring to Topeka, then again maybe they have. But there is already a heavy cost on society when domestic violence and abuse are overlooked. Health costs and lost work costs, but a diminution of values. When prosecutions of violence and abuse against a family member become nothing more than a political pissing contest, victims burrow deeper into themselves, shamed, ashamed, and alone. No one can save them. At least, that’s how they feel. But that doesn’t stop their abusers, because there is not anything to stop them. With the possibility they’ll face no legal consequences, they will simply continue their abuse and victims will submit, believing there’s no way out, because there isn’t anymore.
Topeka’s governing body voted 7-3 Tuesday evening to repeal the city ordinance banning domestic battery, in a move interim city manager Dan Stanley said would force District Attorney Chad Taylor to resume reviewing and evaluating domestic batteries committed in Topeka for possible prosecution.
Mayor Bill Bunten and council members Karen Hiller, John Alcala, Sylvia Ortiz, Chad Manspeaker, Bob Archer and Andrew Gray voted in favor of the move while council members Denise Everhart, Larry Wolgast and Richard Harmon voted against it.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Sept. 8 he would no longer prosecute misdemeanors committed in Topeka, including domestic batteries. Taylor said he could no longer afford to prosecute those crimes after county commissioners approved a 2012 budget for his office that cut its funding by 10 percent from the 2011 amount. Taylor indicated his move would require the Topeka city attorney’s office to begin prosecuting those misdemeanors.
When Shawnee County, KS District Attorney Chad Taylor decided to hand over misdemeanor cases, like Claudine Dombrowski’s, to the city, she knew the consequences would be the hardest on victims of domestic violence. Dombrowski, a victim of violence for 16 years, who ultimately lost the right to custody or visitation with her daughter through years of wrangling in court, speaks from a position of experience and first hand knowledge.
A result of the new ruling, facing the consequences a victim could encounter when the abuser is arrested, then released, she advises victims not to call the police. She says, “You, as a survivor, know how to survive. You just keep surviving. If you call the police right now, and God forbid you end up with the city, you might die.”
Knowing how victims of violence are already treated in an over burdened system, Dombrowski knows it will be even worse if offenders are not properly prosecuted.
According to Kansas First News, ”We know of three cases where judges have released the people accused of domestic violence back out because it’s their understanding that the district attorney will not prosecute and so there may be more of these.”
“Topeka Police Officers are forwarding misdemeanor cases involving domestic violence to the District Attorney’s Office. Stanley says the D.A.’s office has already turned away 30 cases. He believes the victims and their families are most affected.”
National Intimate Partner Violence Strategist, Susan Murphy Milano says, “This could be a violation of Federal Laws set forth and signed, not with ink, but with the blood of those who have been killed as a result of intimate partner violence. Domestic violence is a criminal act, against the law. The city officials and the prosecutors need to go into the cemetary business because that’s what’s going to be the most profitable if they allow this to stand.”
Hoping that the city receiving the domestic violence cases is only temporary until the District Attorney’s Office can restore their funding,Dombrowski says, “We’ve just jumped back 30 years into the dark ages, and it’s very dark. The lights just went out in Topeka.”