Minneapolis, After defunding police, Now Spending Millions to Bring Them Back
It turns out defunding police was not going to work, this is a case in point
To appease their constituents after the George Floyd incident, Democrats in Minneapolis quickly moved to defund police. Now for the shocker – with crimes exploding, assaults and theft out of control, the Minneapolis City Council is moving to correct their mistake, voting in millions to beef up law enforcement.
Two weeks after the death of George Floyd, before all the information was even available, the Minneapolis City Council vowed, “The police have to go, we will dismantle the police department!’
Nearly two weeks after the death of George Floyd in police custody, the Minneapolis City Council vowed to “dismantle” the city’s police department.
The city council proclaimed that the “Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and will never be accountable for its actions,” thus they would “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department.”
Not surprisingly, in June it was reported that seven MPD officers had quit, they stated the reason they were leaving was due to the lack of any support from city leaders. At this point the MPD has only 638 officers, this is 200 below what they usually have. This is due to a mass exodus as many of the officers were not willing to put their lives on the line for a city that hated them and a government that had turned their backs on them.
With far fewer law enforcement officers, violent crime increased, which included a whopping 537% increase in carjackings during November. Citizens complained to city officials about the longer response times due to a huge reduction in the police force.
On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to approve $6.4 million in additional funding that the police department had requested, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The police funding will go toward hiring dozens of new police officers, a stark contrast to what the city council declared over the summer.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo promised to make the MPD application process more progressive. The updated police application will now include questions about “whether they have lived in Minneapolis, have degrees in criminology, social work, psychology or counseling, and whether they volunteer or participate in programs such as the Police Activities League,” according to Fox News.
Deputy Police Chief Amelia Huffman said the new application “will help us to really feel confident that we are recruiting the kinds of candidates we want right from the beginning.”
Sadly, some on the city council still have not learned their lesson, three of their members are still pushing to completely disband the police and bring in different services to take care of the void this would create.
Yes 4 Minneapolis is collecting signatures to get a similar proposal on the November ballot. The group proposes to abolish the police department and replace police officers with “licensed peace officers.”
“The Star Tribune reported the Yes 4 Minneapolis committee is being fueled by a half-million-dollar grant from the Washington, D.C.-based group Open Society Policy Center, which is associated with billionaire George Soros,” according to the Associated Press.
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