After spending months working to disband the Minneapolis Police Department, city council members are now outraged- wondering why enough cops aren’t around. In the aftermath of the George Floyd riots, council members unanimously voted to defund the police. Now they act surprised to witness a loss of law and order in their city.
The Minneapolis City Council recently met with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to discuss their concerns of public safety. Councilman Jamal Osman who has supported the defund movement asked, “Where are the police?” [Residents] “Rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen”. The hypocrisy of the council is blatantly obvious. After the Minneapolis police precinct was destroyed and officers were publicly shamed for doing their jobs, the council wonders why they are fewer in number.
A second member, Steve Fletcher also had a question for the chief of police. “I’d love to know a little more about what the robbery suppression work is and what are we doing to prevent what’s been sort of a pattern in Marcy over the last six weeks”. Minneapolis neighborhoods like Marcy-Holmes have seen a 17% increase in violent crimes in comparison to the last 5 years. In wealthy neighborhoods, violent crimes have increased a stunning 30%.
The council continued to ask police chief Arradondo about increased crime and how MPD plans to decrease it. However- the out of touch council cannot have things both ways. It is impossible to minimize crime and have the benefit of police presence while working to defund them. Anti-police sentiment will already detour more men and women from joining the police force. If the Minneapolis Council wishes to have more police present- they ought to rethink their defunding policy.
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