Irony, thy name is Minneapolis.
Roughly six months after the City Council voted to defund and abolish the Minneapolis Police Department (an initiative that ran into some logistical problems – i.e., common sense – in the ensuing months), Minneapolis officials are now contemplating a plan to bring in police officers from other jurisdictions to help them deal with surging crime. If the plan is approved by both the mayor and the council, the city will bring in cops from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police to temporarily help them respond to 911 calls.
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The city would reimburse the Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police for the officers they supply. It estimates the cost at just shy of $497,000, money that would be taken out of the city’s contingency fund.
The initial proposal calls for the teams to form Nov. 15 and run through the end of the year.
Council Member Linea Palmisano, who supports the supplementary patrols, said she also hopes they’ll be able to continue them in the 2021 budget, which will be finalized next month.
“We’re barely able to cover the shifts that we have,” Palmisano said. “We really can’t allocate additional police officers for on-duty shifts.”
Mayor Jacob Frey supports the arrangement, according to his office.
This is the fate awaiting every major city that puts their faith into woke leftists who are more concerned with pushing a “social justice” agenda than they are in running a city in a competent, coherent, professional manner. See also: Portland. See also: Seattle. See also: Oakland. See also: San Francisco. We could go on. It’s one thing for racist grifters on MSNBC to push for “defunding the police.” It’s one thing for anarchist Antifa members to want to see law enforcement abolished. But when you actually elect people like this to govern, you get serious problems in a hurry.
We should note that the Minneapolis City Council has not, in fact, lived up to their word to defund and abolish the police. But even the threat of it – combined with the hostility seen on the ground to the work they do every single day – has led to what the Star Tribune characterizes as an “abnormally large number of officer departures following Floyd’s death.”
Strangely enough, no one on the streets or on the City Council seems optimistic about bringing in Hennepin County social workers to address the rising violent crime rates.