It’s not just New York City that has been a surge in crime following defunding their police department – it’s a fate any city that adopts such a ridiculous policy can expect to see.
Following the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis City Council quickly moved to “dismantle” their city’s police department and replace it with a “department of community safety and violence prevention.” That proposal was delayed until November, but they did end up making cuts to police funding, and their public rhetoric had demoralized police.
The city has sent a clear message to officers that they are not standing behind them, and that severely compromises their ability to do their job correctly. Just recently riots broke out in Lancaster Pennsylvania after a man was shot dead charging an officer with a knife. The man had previously been arrested for a quadruple stabbing. In an era where any victim of a police shooting, no matter how justified, gets made into a martyr, how can police do their job knowing that the political class will side with the mob?
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis City Council has noticed a surge in crime, and still has yet to put two and two together.
According to Fox News:
The Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data shows a rise in assaults, robberies and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson, according to Minnesota Public Radio. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than those slain in all of last year.
Minneapolis City Council members, who just two months ago moved to eliminate the police department, sounded the alarm during a Wednesday meeting about a surge in crime seen by their constituents.
Council members pressed police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the uptick in crimes, including daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council member Jamal Osman, noting that constituents’ calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”
Incredibly, some managed to blame the police for the rise in crime.
Council President Lisa Bender accused police of intentionally not enforcing laws or making arrests.
“This is not new,” Bender said. “But it is very concerning in the current context.”
Of course, if they were enforcing laws and making arrests like Bender now claims to want, she’d be too busy blasting them as racists to thank them. Perhaps the social workers will come to the rescue?
Over 100 officers have left the department or taken a leave of absence since the start of the year, twice as much as the department usually sees.
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis City Council continues caving to the mob, and still has yet to find a location to rebuild the department’s Third Precinct, which was burned down during the rioting. Contrary to new their new public rhetoric, it still sounds like they don’t want the police to be able to do their job after all.