Members of the Minneapolis City Council, who voted to defund their local police department, are demanding the police chief explain why there has been an uptick in crime in the city.
This isn’t satire, folks. This is legitimate. People have absolutely lost their ability to put together a coherent thought in modern liberal America.
Since these people are so desperate for answer, allow me to elaborate. When you defund police, you have less money to spend, therefore, less officers will be deployed on the streets. Less cops on the street equals greater criminal activity. This isn’t rocket science.
via Washington Examiner:
“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,” Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham, who supported defunding the department, said during a police reform meeting Tuesday.
The council took more than $1 million from the police budget this summer to hire “violence interrupters,” who are supposed to defuse potentially violent situations instead of police officers. The impetus for the policy came in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, sparking protests all over the country.
According to Minneapolis Police Department crime data, violent crimes such as assaults, robberies, and homicides are up in 2020. In August, the city passed the grim milestone of seeing more homicides in 2020 than in all of 2019. Arsons are also up 55%.
Yet, despite all of this, Cunningham is still dedicated to the public-health-based reforms concerning the city’s law enforcement. Stupid is as stupid does they say.
“If we have these systems in place, we are getting ahead of the violence,” Cunningham stated. “That’s why I have advocated so strongly for the violence interrupters, because if they are interrupting the violence before the guns are being fired, then the MPD doesn’t have to respond to that violence.”
Councilmember Jamal Osman has been taking a number of complaints from the public that phone calls to the police are going unanswered.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” he 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.”
Council President Lisa Bender is now accusing the police of purposefully not arresting people when calls are being made. Anything to deny the application of common sense to this particular problem and take responsibility for her actions, right?