The Minneapolis City Council is in panic mode as violent crime surges throughout the city, immediately after they called to defund the police department.
MPR News reported that during a City Council meeting on police reform, Minneapolis City 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. The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, are also up. Incidents of arson have increased 55 percent over the total at this point in 2019.”
City Council Member Jamal Osman said that he has been flooded with complaints from residents that they have called the police for help, but are not being answered. Reportedly, even constituents who live in ‘safer areas’ are feeling “terrorized”. “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?'” Osman said.
“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 continued.
The President of the City Council, Lisa Bender, who was the person leading the charge to defund the police, complained that she felt officers were being defiant. “This is not new. But it is very concerning in the current context,” Bender claimed.
The crime wave comes after approximately 100 officers have either left the department, or taken a leave of absence since the start of the year. This is more than double the normal rate.
Phillipe Cunningham, also a member of the Minneapolis City Council, called out the other council members for their hypocrisy. “What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD,” Cunningham said.
Defunding the Police
Days after the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to pass a resolution to replace the police department with a “community-led public safety system.”
“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department. It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period,” Bender said.
Immediately after the vote, Bender gave a series of interviews where she gave controversial answers to the simplest questions about the proposal.
“Do you understand that the word, dismantle, or police-free also makes some people nervous, for instance? What if in the middle of night, my home is broken into? Who do I call?” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Bender.
“Yes, I mean, hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done,” Bender responded.
Bender couldn’t even answer a simple question. In another CNN interview, she was asked what would happen if a killer was running loose and a police officer was needed. What was Bender’s answer? “We don’t have all the answers,” she admitted.
Representative Ilhan Omar, who represents Minneapolis, also referred to the police department as a “cancer.”