On Sunday, the city council in Minneapolis, bowing to Black Lives Matter pressure, passed with a veto-proof vote to abolish the city’s police force.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported:
In their boldest statement since George Floyd’s killing, nine Minneapolis City Council members told a crowd Sunday that they will “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department.”
“We recognize that we don’t have all the answers about what a police-free future looks like, but our community does,” they said, reading off a prepared statement. “We’re committed to engaging with every willing community member in the City of Minneapolis over the next year to identify what safety looks like for you.”
Their words — delivered one day after Mayor Jacob Frey told a crowd of protesters he does not support the full abolishment of the MPD — set off what is likely to be a long, complicated debate about the future of the state’s largest police force.
This all started when Floyd was killed after taken into custody, after resisting arrest, the police had to pull him out of his vehicle, then claimed that when they took him out of the police vehicle complaining of claustrophobia, he resisted then again, at that point Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, did not get off even after Floyd had passed out and was unconscious for several minutes, resulting later in his death.
Soon Minneapolis was in flames. This spread across the nations as groups took this up as an excuse to protest and later riot. The demand to de-fund or disband the police soon was the rallying cry of the protesters, something that quickly picked up steam with the far-left leaders of the DNC. Something that polling has shown does not enjoy any widespread support.
When first confronted by the mob, they booed and chased him from being able to speak after he refused to comply with their demands to disband the police and refused to address the subject.
But a nine-member majority of the city council — veto-proof, in the 13-member chamber — has taken sides with Black Lives Matter.
Activists tried to reassure the public Sunday that ending the police force would not mean the total disappearance of neighborhood security.
MPR News quoted one activist as saying that “a uniformed mental health crisis response team” might form the core of a new system that “looks nothing like the current police department system.”
12 of the 13 members of the city council are Democrats (technically, members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party); one is a member of the Green Party.
There are no Republicans on the Minneapolis City Council; one could argue that is why there is no common sense there either.
Data suggest that homicides increase when policing in minority communities declines.
We can expect to see an increase of homicides as fear of justice is gone to escalate to unheard numbers. Gangs and people with grudges, knowing there are no police are going to take what they see as justice into their own hands.
Maybe private police is a idea. If you want protection, you pay for it. If you pay they give you a sign you can attach to your home, a membership card you carry with you.
I had someone tell me something I thought was a great idea. Have the members of the community show by actions where they stand if they are against the police, paint their doors red. If they call the police, a shooting, home invasion, rape, or anything like that, the police can give them the number to a local crack house, maybe they will help, but the police should move on.
But I say they should go a step further than this; we should let these people know in Minneapolis and other cities demanding this, we will not let you bring this nonsense to our state. We need to have a travel and a moving ban on these cities. We don’t want these morons to bring this stupidity to our cities.
Since there is no need for the police in the city, why even have ‘911’ active any longer, shut it down, see how well the city deals with the riots that will quickly grow out of control.
We need to have federal action against Black Lives Matter, to label them a domestic terrorist group. While they love to present themselves as a peaceful activist group, this is nonsense. However, we can see back in Ferguson, the shootings in Texas of police officers, the support for the killing of police officers in the last week, they are every bit a terrorist group and should be treated as such.
In the end, this is going to blow up. Without a city policing force, neighborhoods will have to take it on themselves to protect their communities, thus citizens will be armed. When you have groups of rioters terrorizing, people aren’t going to sit still long; soon, you will have armed groups setting up paramilitary groups to protect themselves, this will lead to bloodshed with these rioters. Communities not able to do this will fall under the control of racketeers; people will start to strong-arm them for protection, the ones that will not will either be shot or burned out.
What this will do is quickly polarize the city along racial lines, you are going to find blacks grouping swiftly together to fight whites, whites, who are usually better armed will band together for self protection (the ones that got rid of their weapons will have to see ow their words work), Asians, not willing to be victimized will form their groups, so will the Hispanics, the racism these protesters say they are marching against, will end in end push the whole city into a segregated armed camp.
Minneapolis will turn into what Chicago was under the mob; when Al Capone and the mob ran the city, and could quickly devolve into the Wild West.