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Nearly Nine Months After George Floyd Incident, Minneapolis Spends $6.4 Million to Hire Dozens of Additional Police Officers

So much for “defunding the police.”

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The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Friday to grant additional funds to the police department. $6.4 million, to be exact.

The Minneapolis Police Department had requested additional funds from the city, claiming that they have only 638 officers available for duty, which is approximately 28 percent fewer than usual. According to a CBS Minnesota article from November 2019, the department usually has 888 officers on the force.

Following the death of George Floyd, possibly the worst rioting any city has seen since Los Angeles in 1992, and calls from city officials to dismantle the police department, a significant number of Minneapolis officers have resigned, retired, or went on medical leave. All this has led to skyrocketing violent crime and longer response times.

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Big League Politics has previously reported on the many Minneapolis residents who felt “terrorized” by criminals and lamented a virtually nil police presence.

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Minneapolis saw the following increases in violent crime from 2019 to 2020: homicides up 85 percent, carjackings 331 percent, and gunshot victims over 100 percent. Despite slashing its police budget by $8 million in December 2020, the Minneapolis City Council thankfully did not approve a decrease in police department staffing.

Suffice it to say that “defund the police” is a dead concept, a hysterical rallying cry that has died down over time. Restructuring the police, however, is still considered doable and even necessary to some. ABC News says that three Minneapolis City Council members would like to create a “public safety department that would include law enforcement and other services.”

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74-Year Old Phoenix Asian Man Killed in Unprovoked Parking Lot Assault

A hate crime?

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A 74-year old man was attacked and killed in a seemingly unprovoked fashion last month in Phoenix, Arizona, following a series of events in recent months in which Asian senior citizens have been attacked. The Phoenix Police are declining to describe the event as a hate crime, but accounts of Juanito Falcon’s death are reminiscent of so-called ‘knockout game’ incidents.

Accounts of the attack describe a man attacking Falcon in an unprovoked fashion in a restaurant parking lot in North Phoenix, knocking him to the ground with one punch. Falcon’s skull was fractured when he hit the ground, and the 74-year old man died at a hospital two days later. Two weeks the violent attack, which the victim’s daughter has indicated occurred as her father was merely taking a morning walk, Phoenix Police arrested 40-year old Marcus Williams, who is facing a charge of murder for the killing. Williams allegedly escaped with scene with his girlfriend in a car after the attack.

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Some members of the Asian American community have speculated that the killing follows in the vein of a series of racially charged hate crimes targeting Asians, mostly in California.

Even as charged suspects arrested in violent crimes targeting Asians have been mostly black, some left-wing organizations have cited supposed “white nationalism” and Trump supporters as the culprits behind knockout-game style assaults. A demonstration drawing attention to crimes against Asians in New York City targeted “white supremacy,” directly following an attack on a senior for which a young black man was arrested.

The motive behind this heinous knockout-style attack isn’t entirely clear, but it follows in a pattern of incidents that are all too common.


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