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A new report out of Minneapolis says that there are a few members on city council who regret their pledge to defund and dismantle the local police department, which was largely made as a knee jerk reaction to the violent riots and looting that was sparked after the death of George Floyd.
The city has experience a massive increase in violent crime ever since the decision was made to defund local law enforcement. Strangely, the increase in crime confused and baffled many on the city council who just couldn’t seem to wrap their minds around the idea that actions — like having smaller police presence on the street as a result of less funding — have consequences that negatively impact their community.
Here’s more from Fox News:
Council member Andrew Johnson, who supported the pledge in June, told the outlet that he meant the words “in spirit,” not by the letter. Meanwhile, Council member Phillippe Cunningham said the language in the pledge was “up for interpretation.”
“I’m not taking any pledge, if that means people throw bottles at me then fine,” Palmisano wrote.
Councilwoman Lisa Goodman, who also was not part of the nine who voted for the pledge, told Fox News that she has “no regrets about that then or now.”
Meanwhile, younger council members like Alondra Cano and Jeremiah Ellison, who vowed on Twitter to “dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department” and “end the policing system,” are sticking to it.
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k
— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020
Mayor Jacob Frey is also skeptical about the pledge, saying, “I think the initial announcement created a certain level of confusion from residents at a time when the city really needed that stability. I also think that the declaration itself meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people – and that included a healthy share of activists that were anticipating abolition.”
The pledge was a stupid idea. It was clearly meant to appease the angry protesters who were destroying the city, which was the wrong course of action to take for the wrong reasons. Instead of defunding police and putting their citizens at risk of becoming victims of crime, the city council should have enforced law and order, while encouraging peaceful protesting.
It’s really not that hard.
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