The Minneapolis City Council approved a $500k appropriation to hire new police officers from neighboring cities on Friday, with an exodus of officers from the Minneapolis Police Department creating a public safety risk. The council is seeking emergency officers to patrol the city streets until the end of the year, with many Minneapolis Police officers retiring or leaving the department.
“Our city is bleeding,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told members of the council on Tuesday. “At this moment, I’m trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding.”
The vote for the $500k in emergency funding was approved 7-6, with councilors such as Jeremiah Ellison arguing against giving more funding to the police even after a crime surge. Arradondo expects to make a similar request for temporary emergency funding next year, with the MPD unable to meet staffing needs.
Arradondo revealed that the Minneapolis Police currently has 735 officers, well below the budgeted goal of 888. He warned that the city would face serious risks to public safety if the MPD’s ranks declined below 500. 175 former officers have joined a class-action lawsuit seeking to retire with benefits from the agency, citing PTSD and injuries they’ve suffered on the job.
One former Minneapolis cop represented by attorney Ron Meuser Jr has described his experience with PTSD to the Greenwich Time. He recounted recording a “last message” for his wife and children when BLM rioters burned and stormed the Minneapolis PD’s Third Precinct building, believing that he would die that night and never see them again.
Murders and violent crimes have surged considerably in the months following Minneapolis’s May race riots, which occurred after the death of George Floyd. More than one hundred police officers have left MPD since the riots, with many experiencing PTSD, alienation from their community, and a loss of interest in working for Minneapolis after the city’s residents seem to have turned on them.
Homicides have increased 50% relative to 2019 in Minneapolis, with most of the additional incidents occuring after the Floyd race riots. 500 shootings have occurred, more than double than in 2019, and 4,500 violent crimes have been reported.
The MPD has struggled to offer public safety with its reduced number of personnel, and increasingly 911 calls are going unanswered in the once relatively peaceful community. City councilors have described law enforcement as “nowhere to be seen” as their constituents request assistance in response to the violent crime wave.
Minneapolis City Councilors had put forward nominally serious proposals to defund the police department following Floyd’s death, but it’s taken only months for the council to change its mind, instead scrambling to hire emergency police officers from other cities to contain a wave of violence.
The post-law enforcement future Minneapolis’ leftist Democrat government and BLM rioters envisioned appears to be grinding to a dismal and dystopian end, less than a year after it was set into motion.
WATCH: DC Police Knowingly Route Trump Supporters Through Violent BLM Crowd
They wouldn’t allow them to get through a blockade.
Though the Million MAGA March was a major success, there were too many cases of Black Lives Matter and Antifa hordes antagonizing and assaulting Trump supporters.
Big League Politics has documented some of that footage here. It’s true that DC police can’t be everywhere at once and thus can’t prevent every single assault, but at least one clip from Saturday shows DC police unequivocally failing to protect a group of Trump supporters.
In a video captured by Jorge Ventura below, three Trump supporters ask to get through a manned blockade that appeared to be cordoning off a group of BLM counter-protesters. The police tell the Trump supporters that they’re not allowed through and proceed to reroute them.
But the police rerouted them through the BLM group, which they had to have known would lead to violence.
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) November 14, 2020
This seems to be the clearest-cut case of police failing to protect Trump supporters. There could very well have been similar cases elsewhere that weren’t documented on video.
Now the vast majority of individual cops are good cops, and we should defend them when they’re unjustly demonized for doing their jobs. Nevertheless, it does not logically follow that the police as an institution are the friend of Trump supporters and conservatives, especially in big cities and The Swamp.
Police are the armed wing of the government, of the state. If the government orders them to back down and effectively allow BLM and Antifa to loot businesses and set cars on fire, the police will do so.
If the government orders them to prioritize arrests only when one side hits back at the antagonizing side (which is virtually always Trump supporters hitting back at BLM and Antifa), the police will do so.
If the US—God forbid—became the kind of country that cracks down on “hate speech,” the police will be the ones knocking on your door telling you to cool it with your social media posts.
Hopefully the assaults in DC and even the chaos that happened over the summer remind us that we have to rely on ourselves for our own safety and security first. We cannot place it entirely in the hands of the police.
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