Far leftists Ilhan Omar and Keith Ellison are supporting a measure set to go before the voters that would replace their police department in Minneapolis with a public safety department. Omar said the measure should be passed because it would cut down on police brutality, but the soaring crime rate in Minneapolis is not from the police brutality but rather comes from the criminal brutality.
It will be interesting to see what the people of the city see as the biggest threat. The new public safety department may include some police “if necessary.” So, the next time someone is mugged, will they send out a conflict negotiator?
Maybe a more important question would be what happens as these unarmed public servants start getting killed? They can’t run out and hire cops because no one in their right mind would take the job on a bet.
The Star Tribune reports:
A yes vote in November would change the city’s charter and create a Department of Public Safety to employ “a comprehensive public health approach” that could include police officers “if necessary.” The issue is dividing some progressives from their moderate Minnesota DFL colleagues as national attention is trained on Minneapolis.
The proposal, written by a political coalition called Yes 4 Minneapolis, would remove the requirement for Minneapolis to fund a police department with a minimum number of officers based on the city’s population. Earlier this year, a judge ordered the city to hire more police officers, saying it wasn’t fulfilling the requirements outlined in the city charter. If the proposal passes, the mayor and City Council would flesh out details of the new department, including its specific funding levels.
Omar wrote in an op-ed:
“The truth is the current system hasn’t been serving our city for a long time. I have long said we need a public safety system that is actually rooted in people’s basic human needs.”
Ellison, a former member of Congress, wrote on social media that measure would help bring “accountability” to Minneapolis, where George Floyd died last May.
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“Fundamentally, communities across Mpls need & want the possibility for reform & accountability, which the current Charter blocks by locking us into an outdated model for law enforcement and safety,” Ellison tweeted. “They want to end the cycle of inaction.”
“This year the residents of [Minneapolis] have asked for and can take that first step of action on the ballot. As a resident of [Minneapolis] where George Floyd’s murder sparked a national call for real reform, I will vote Yes for greater public safety & more human rights for all. #Yes4Minneapolis,” he added.