Are you old enough to remember that dark-humor joke about the kid who killed his parents, and then pleaded for mercy from the court on the grounds that he was an orphan?
Well, here’s its contemporary equivalent – but this one is for real.
Excerpted from Brandt Williams’ article at mprnews.org:
The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.
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.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he’s already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered.
“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,” Osman said.
Wait a minute.
Isn’t this the same Minneapolis City Council that was condemning the police? Demanding that the Minneapolis Police Department be defunded? Abolished? Took a single incident and grew to the point where it is a potential career decision for police officers to aggressively enforce the law?
What the %&$^! did they think was going to happen? That the people who rioted, vandalized, looted and burned parts of downtown Minneapolis would be anything but encouraged by their pronouncements?
So now that, having been more or less given a free pass to ignore the laws, are City Council Members surprised that these “people” are taking full advantage?
Hey, I have an idea: why don’t they send in counselors and mediaters. You know, the folks they thought of as such a great alternative to conventional policing. See how they make out…assuming, of course, they can find any who are crazy enough to try dealing with the people committing these crimes, that is.
Other than that, I suppose the most logical course of action is for the City Council, and the voters of Minneapolis who made this town a one-party left wing extravaganza, sit back and enjoy what they’ve put in place.
You can’t say they haven’t been successful.