One of the biggest policy ‘reforms’ – and by far, one of the dumbest – to come out of the post-George Floyd rioting in Minneapolis was that city’s push to get rid of the bulk of its ‘racist, bigoted’ police department.
A few months after the incident, the left-wing counter-revolutionaries sitting on the city council actually voted to defund the department.
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday to advance its plan to eliminate the police department and create a new public safety unit.
On the heels of the death of George Floyd on May 25, protests have sparked across the country with demands to defund and dismantle police departments. …
[The] proposed amendments would update the city’s charter to replace the police with a new organization: the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.
Council President Lisa Bender said the goal is to change the charter and get it on the ballot for a public vote this November.
If approved by voters, the changes would become effective May 1, 2021.
Yeah, not so fast.
In the wake of the rioting and the demonization of the Minneapolis Police Department throughout the summer, a very predictable thing occurred: Crime spiked. A lot.
And here’s the real kicker: The same city council members who voted to dismantle their own police department complained about the spike in crime! You can’t make this up.
The Daily Caller reported last month:
Three months after voting to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, city council members there spent much of a business meeting on Tuesday complaining about an uptick in violent crime across the city.
Several city council members told police chief Medaria Arradondo at the meeting that their constituents were concerned about increased criminal activity.
About that: Now a group of Minneapolis residents have filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to protect the community and for failing to put a required number of officers on the street, per the city’s charger.
A group of residents have had enough of the crime and violence in the city of Minneapolis, arguing in a lawsuit that there aren’t enough police patrolling the streets right now.
The lawsuit claims the city is falling short on MPD staffing levels required in its own city charter.
“We are here because of people’s safety,” said Cathy Spann, a community activist. “We want law and order. We want reform. But we are in this city to say, enough is enough.”
How bad has it gotten? Former city council member Don Samuels and his wife said that kids can no longer go outside to play because violent crime – shootings, carjackings, murders – have spiked so much.
“We have made the emotional appeal,” Samuels said. “We have demonstrated the statistical uptick and now this is the legal action we are exercising because it seems as if the City Council cannot hear us and doesn’t feel what we feel.”
Getting rid of police may sound like a wonderful utopian idea, but first thing’s first: Get rid of crime. And that doesn’t appear to be happening yet, at least in Minneapolis.