The Minneapolis City Council tried to end its police department in 2020 following the death of George Floyd. It was blocked due to a law that required the city to have a law enforcement division. Now the council wants to abolish the police department and replace it with a new public safety department.
“The Minneapolis Policy and Government Oversight Committee, which is comprised of all 13 Minneapolis City Council members, approved the measure proposed by the advocacy group Yes 4 Minneapolis Committee in an 11-2 vote that will now be passed along to the general council for a vote,” Fox News reported.
“If the City Council votes in favor of the amendment, it would appear on the general election ballot for Minneapolis residents on Nov. 2,” it added.
But it’s unclear what the change would accomplish. According to the Daily Wire on Thursday, “Crime has become so bad that a group of eight residents sued the city of Minneapolis to force the City Council to ‘refund’ the police and expand the police department to the number of officers required by the city’s charter. Just last week, a Hennepin County judge ruled that Minneapolis must hire on additional police.”
Does the City Council expect the voters of Minneapolis will pass the measure? It’s difficult to tell. Though the progressives leading the council appear fine with ending the police force, it’s unclear how many people in their community would agree.
The concept is an extreme one. If any major city added a ballot measure to decide whether to keep the police department in their city, what would happen? While many progressives make an emotional case for defunding the police, when it comes to emergencies, they call 911 just like everyone else.
What’s the alternative? We’re already seeing the result of officers not responding to shoplifting in San Francisco. When there is no enforcement, thieves walk out with whatever they can carry without fear of arrest.
We’re also witnessing the results of Democrat led cities that choose to decrease police budgets and defend violent protests. Crime has become the new problem of the Biden administration, with cities like Portland and Chicago leading the way. The statistics have grown so high that Biden now speaks out against defunding the police and in favor of efforts to decrease crime (though he often touts gun controls as the key).
Unless our nation wants to dissolve into the lawlessness of a third-world nation, abolishing the police needs to move off the ballot. Look at any land where there is no law enforcement. Criminals either take over, local citizens have to take matters in to their own hands or both.
We already have Mexican cartels spilling across our border. No need to create our own territorial mobsters operating free from the law. Let’s stop working to undermine our police and back the blue. It’s the least we can do for those who put their lives on the line to protect and serve our communities.