Minneapolis Councilmembers confused by city’s soaring crime after defunding police
Minneapolis City Councilmembers, who just months ago slashed police funding in an effort to mollify left-wing extremists’ calls to defund police, are now getting calls from furious city residents who are complaining that crime is out of control, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“[A] meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform,” said MPR News.
“But for much of the two-hour meeting, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings. And they asked Arradondo what the department is doing about it.”
Councilmembers, including Council President Lisa Bender, are blaming the police for not enforcing the laws as a way of punishing the Council for its actions in slashing the police budget.
“This is not new, but it is very concerning in the current context. So, I think there are a number of possible explanations for this. I think it’s possible they are essentially campaigning … because they don’t support the council member or, in some cases, the mayor, or perhaps they think that they are making the case for more resources for the department,” said Bender according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo called the accusations troubling and told councilmembers that, under the circumstances, everyone would have to try to work together to try to solve the problems of crime in the city.
The Star-Tribune reports that police data shows that serious crimes are above their five-year averages in the city and that the homicide rate in 2020 is nearly two times the five-year average. Those statistics would suggest the problem is crime, not a lack of police response.
One councilmember, who voted to defund the police, is expressing mixed feelings now, but nonetheless hit out at those who would abolish the police.
“What I am sort of flabbergasted by is … colleagues who a very short time ago who were calling for abolition, who are now suggesting that we should be putting more funding and resources into MPD,” said Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham, whose ward is amongst the hardest hit by crime.
Cunningham previously had put forth a proposal for more social workers to respond to crime, rather than uniformed police officers.
“It does not defund the police it does not abolish the police what it does do it creates a system a department that mirrors that of the state of Minnesota to have a department of public safety with a division of law enforcement services within it,” Cunningham said according to the local CBS News affiliate.
One councilmember, Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota’s left-wing radical Attorney General, Keith Ellison, says that the crime rate shows that police departments just don’t work in stopping crime.
“You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect,” Ellison said.
Ellison prefers to abolish police outright.
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