According to a story in the Janesville Gazette, the Donald Trump event held at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday will cost local taxpayers extra ...
JANESVILLE—Providing security at Donald Trump's rally in Janesville on Tuesday will cost the city more than $10,000, and the political season isn't over yet.
Police Chief Dave Moore said an exact accounting won't be ready until next week. “It's expensive,” Moore said, but it's a service police must provide.
End of story? Not quite. You see, if a Janesville business, at no fault of the business itself, attracts individuals who cause enough trouble to bring in the police on a regular basis - the city shuts the business down. I'm not trying to argue for or against those decisions. But that's what happened to a few taverns in the recent past when police were called in to keep the peace.
Granted, planned daytime peaceful protests or rallies of political candidates and issues is not at all the same as drunken patrons getting repeatedly unruly in a tavern, but the man-hour police dollar costs isolated for one of these events at the Holiday Inn is probably equal to that of 20 or more calls for police at the local pub. And this is the second event in recent memory at the Holiday Inn.
But if we apply the same cause and effect remedies equally to these entertainment venues in an effort to keep public costs down, shouldn't authorities be looking into the cause of what riles people up enough to gather in protest and thus, draw a large police presence? What is the Holiday Inn doing wrong? For instance with the local taverns, it was about the music they played...
JANESVILLE — A co-owner of The Back Bar promised to work with police and possibly limit hip-hop bands because he said the crowds they draw just aren't worth the problems.
Fingers were pointed at the music played both at Spankys and Corvina's. Can a bar feature hip-hop and provide a peaceful experience for patrons?
It does seem that Scott Walker and Donald Trump play a genre of music that requires a large police presence to help keep the peace. So perhaps the Holiday Inn is playing host to the wrong music.