Minneapolis City Council That Once Voted To Abolish Police Now Asking ‘Where Are the Police?’
To quote David J Harris Jr. ‘You have got to be kidding me!’
Minneapolis, a once blue-collar city, who loved their Vikings, shopping at their Mall Of America, and fishing at any of their ‘10,000 lakes’ in the state of Minnesota.
As with several aging democratic cities, the ‘Gen X’ generation of these cities started leaning left and raised their children trying to give them everything so they did not experience any unhappiness. They seem to have forgotten Victor Hugo’s old adage ‘adversity makes men, prosperity makes monsters.’ Combine prosperity with lack of consequences and … look out.
Since this attempt failed, their children, now in their 20’s are not happy with the reality of life, “You can always get want you want”, and have adopted the Marxist teachings from their schools and universities. They look to the government to fix all the wrongs in their communities and personal responsibility is not even in their vocabulary.
In massive hypocrisy, these same Democrat mayors and governors, increased public assistance to the minority communities, while over taxing and regulating the economy creating the incentive to just survive while creating way too many barriers to entry for would be entrepreneurs. The results, increasing poverty, homelessness, and violence in these areas as their lack of hope and of economic investment has left their neighborhoods without good-paying jobs.
Policing becomes more difficult, and with the increasing crime, shootings, and murder with guns, death rates in impoverished inner cities have increased, but nothing compares to the black on black shooting statistics.
Following George Floyd’s death, massive riots broke out for weeks which lead to the Minneapolis city council to, on June 12, 2020, ‘unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate the city’s police department.’. In response, several officers retired, moved to different cities to get a policing job, or simply left the profession.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported that the city council met with Minneapolis’ head of police on Tuesday: “Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed Chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.”
Newly elected council member Jamal Osman said, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’”
Osman added, “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”
Council President Lisa Bender suggested police are intentionally not arresting people. She claimed, “This is not new, but it is very concerning in the current context.”
Arradondo did say over 100 officers have left the department this year, including those who have taken leave, and MPR notes that is “more than double the usual number of officers who either step down from the department or who are inactive each year.”
Fourth Ward council member Phillipe Cunningham expressed surprise that council members who had so recently supported doing away with the police department were now calling on the police to be doing more. He suggested the focus should instead be on using money taken from the police budget to hire “violence interrupters” and put them in place to prevent crime in the first place.
Hold on citizens of Minneapolis, unless you stand up and vote these snowflakes out of office, things will continue to decline precipitously, with no one to blame but yourselves.