Police Defunding Dies a Pathetic Death in Minneapolis
Remember when the Minneapolis City Council embraced the movement to defund police and made it go national? Then the City Council president explained that people would have to get comfortable with having their homes broken into.
"If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?" Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender tweeted.
Then she went on CNN and was asked who would stop an active shooter.
“What happens if there’s a criminal out there with a gun and starts shooting people, who’s going to respond?”
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that that model of policing isn’t working. We need to bring in our whole community… We don’t have all the answers,” said Council President Lisa Bender.
Minneapolis voted to defund the police, without an actual plan to defund the police, resulting in mostly cuts to community policing programs.
The Minneapolis Charter Commission jettisoned the non-plan as a result and now the City Council is complaining about the lack of policing.
The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.
But for much of the two-hour meeting, 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. And they asked Arradondo what the department is doing about it.
"Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he's already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered.
“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 said.
And Lisa Bender is now whining that the police aren't arresting people.
Council President Lisa Bender, who was among those leading the call to overhaul the department, suggested that officers were being defiant. Her constituents say officers on the street have admitted that they’re purposely not arresting people who are committing crimes.
How dare they not do the thing that we don't want them doing?
A cynical man might think that lefties are more committed to hating the police than to defunding them. If you get rid of the cops, who are you gonna blame everything on?
I predicted the nuclear implosion of all this originally when I profiled Bender and the Minneapolis City Council.
After a degree from UC Berkeley, Bender worked for a New York City bike lobby, then did a stint in San Francisco, before she went back to Minneapolis to work for Minnesota’s DOT on bike lanes while running the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition whose burning passion was putting bike lanes everywhere.
Once in office, Bender began transforming entire streets into bike lanes. The plan was to have 60% of the residents of Minneapolis using bikes, walking, or taking the bus by 2030. Nobody bothered drawing up a budget for how much this plan would cost because that would have just rained on the parade.
Or rather snowed on it because Minneapolis gets an average of 100 days of snow.
I'm shocked that the Minneapolis Commune couldn't get police defunding to work.