And you thought the Minneapolis City Council was just politicking around when they said they were going to radically transform the Minneapolis Police Department in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Well, then you have a lot to learn about radical Woke Supremacists with power. For them, virtue signaling is just the beginning of a very bad idea.
Three members of the Minneapolis City Council last week announced a plan to finally make good on their threat, er, promise to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department. City Council members promised a “start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity” pathway to law enforcement. And just like Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” this plan will fail the people of Minneapolis, and it is so colossally bad that it will probably harm people in nearby towns as well.
This is the same City Council that declared racism as a public health emergency and used taxpayer dollars to hire their own private security after they voted to defund the police.
I think a thought process like that coming from a City Council president comes from a place of doing too many quaaludes as a teenager.
Yet until now, their promises never saw the fulfillment of the good they said would come. In fact, their hate-filled rhetoric against police prompted a mass exodus of police officers who either retired or just up and quit, and the result of that was a significant spike in violent crime that hit the city last summer. The rise of crime that hit the city enraged residents, especially when nothing was being done by the city to answer their pleas for help, and yet that didn’t stop the kooky ways of the city council.
Believe it not, when angry residents complained directly to city council members that something needed to be done to fight the crime that was taking over their neighborhoods, members had the gall to ask “Where are the police?” Are these people really that out of touch with reality?
In time, the slow-witted ones on the City Council finally learned that inflammatory language about dismantling the Police Department doesn’t really work as a practical public policy so they backtracked on the idea.
But they did manage to come up with something that will more-than-likely prove to be even dumber than what they proposed before. On Thursday, City Council members Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Jeremy Schroeder announced their proposal that would eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department but would keep the police officers.
I guess this means that they no longer believe that the police are the racists who systemically attack people of color in the city and it was the Police Department itself. Let that sink in for a minute. If you’re sitting there scratching your head reading this then you are a normal thinking person.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the plan these geniuses came up with will create a new Department of Public Safety which will have “additional divisions … to provide for a comprehensive approach to public safety beyond law enforcement.” I bet the people of Minneapolis are feeling safer already.
From the Tribune piece, “The proposed charter amendment would eliminate the requirement to maintain a minimum number of officers based on the city’s population, leaving the force size entirely at the discretion of the mayor and the 13-member City Council.” After listening to that mishmash of clowns since the riots started over the summer I weep for the future of Minneapolis residents.
City Council member Fletcher said, “Minneapolis residents are imagining a comprehensive public safety approach that is more effective and more reflective of our values, and they are calling on the city to act. This charter amendment creates a structure that supports that vision and allows our city to innovate.” And when this new Department of Public Safety has even more problems than the Minneapolis Police Department will the same City Council members blame the new department for the failures? Will they blame systemic racism on a department that they created?
To be able to get it onto the next city ballot, the proposal has to first be approved by the City Council and the city Charter Commission.
The Tribune said that the Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, is concerned that the proposal “would diminish accountability.”
“I believe in a comprehensive approach. That’s what we’re hearing from people,” Frey said. “We are not hearing people want to dilute accountability by having the head of public safety report to 14 people.”
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By the way, all of the politicians we’re talking about here are Democrat members of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party with the exception of one who is a member of the Green Party. There is not a single Republican sitting on the City Council, and they probably wouldn’t ever listen to one if there were.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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