THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE AND HATRED RETHOUGHT

From Daniel Politi’s June 7th article for slate.com

Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday that they are planning to disband the police department. The veto-proof majority said they want to replace the police department with a community-based model of public safety. “Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said.

The council members made the announcement that they were committed to disband the Minneapolis Police Department through the budget process at a rally Sunday afternoon. “It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” Bender said. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.” Jeremiah Ellison blankly said what the goal was: “This council is going to dismantle this police department.”

From Astead W. Herndon’s article in today’s New York Times:

 Over three months ago, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund the city’s police department, making a powerful statement that reverberated across the country. It shook up Capitol Hill and the presidential race, shocked residents, delighted activists and changed the trajectory of efforts to overhaul the police during a crucial window of tumult and political opportunity.

Now some council members would like a do-over.

 Over three months ago, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund the city’s police department, making a powerful statement that reverberated across the country. It shook up Capitol Hill and the presidential race, shocked residents, delighted activists and changed the trajectory of efforts to overhaul the police during a crucial window of tumult and political opportunity.

Now some council members would like a do-over.

Councilor Andrew Johnson, one of the nine members who supported the pledge in June, said in an interview that he meant the words “in spirit,” not by the letter. Another councilor, Phillipe Cunningham, said that the language in the pledge was “up for interpretation” and that even among council members soon after the promise was made, “it was very clear that most of us had interpreted that language differently.” Lisa Bender, the council president, paused for 16 seconds when asked if the council’s statement had led to uncertainty at a pivotal moment for the city.

“I think our pledge created confusion in the community and in our wards,” she said.

Quite a difference, wouldn’t you say?

What happened between June and September to cause this turnaround?

Might it have been:

-The fact that Minneapolis’s downtown remains a disaster zone with areas still damaged/damaged beyond repair/burnt out altogether?

-Or the fact that numerous businesses have been destroyed, along with the livelihoods of their owners – and, no doubt a good many are not ever coming back?

-Or the fact that since the Mayor and City Council made it clear they despise police, the force is being depleted by retirements and “disability claims” (as of mid-July, almost 200 out of a force of 850 – with, no doubt, more thereafter) and the morale of those who remain is at an all-time low?

-Or the fact that the anarchists, “Black Lives Matter” radicals/extortionists and street thugs are still operating like they own the streets – which, given the Mayor and City Council’s attitude toward the police enforcing the law, at least until now, is a reasonable premise?

A few questions for Mayor Frey and the city council:

What the hell did you THINK was going to happen when anarchy, rioting, vandalism, looting and arson were answered by an attack on the exact same people whose job it is to prevent those things from happening?

Did you think they’d just happily go to work and, based on your stand-down orders, joyously be attacked every night, eager to come back the next night for more?

Are you that stupid?  Are you that ignorant?  Or is it that you are just so far left and just hate police so much that it didn’t matter to you?

So now that what’s left of Minneapolis is a complete disaster, and there’s no way it is going to materially improve in the near future, you’ve started to have second thoughts about defunding/abolishing your police force?

Well, here’s the news:  those aren’t second thoughts.  They’re first thoughts.  Because if you used your thought process in the first place, you would not have said and done what you did to cause this catastrophe.

And, finally, a note to the voters of Minneapolis.  You are as much to blame as your Mayor and City Council.  You put this sorry bunch in office.  What they are, how they think, what they’re doing, is what you voted for.

Enjoy the devastation.

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