Just a few months after the Minneapolis City Council moved to start the process in dissolving the police department they are now furious over a spike in crime.
Yes, council members that no longer want to have a police department are complaining about crime.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council Member Jamal Osman, noting that constituents’ calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered. “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 claimed that the police is intentionally not enforcing laws or making arrests.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that Bender’s comments are “troubling to hear” and that she’ll address the issue with departmental supervisors.
“We need to make sure that our communities know that we are going to be there, that we’re going to be responsive,” he said. “We’ve taken an oath to do that.”
Earlier this summer the council proudly pledged to get rid of their police department. In July, the council took steps to make that happen. They approved an amendment to remove $1 million from the police department and use those funds (try not to laugh) to create a “violence interrupters” who are intended to defuse potentially violent situations.
Since the death of George Floyd crime in Minneapolis has gone through the roof.
Chief Arradondo has reported that around 100 officers have left the department or have taken a leave of absence this year. That is more than double the normal of officers that take leave or resign from the department.
There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.” Unfortunately, for the residents of Minneapolis, they are dealing with the consequences of a radical city council, the poor are suffering.
I don’t wish to sound callous but, elections have consequences; even local elections are important. Many people only participate in national elections and look what happens, radicals get into office and drive a city into the ground.