By Duncan Smith
On Friday, the ‘leaders’ of Minneapolis officially consigned their city to destruction by voting unanimously to get rid of their police department.
The emotionally charged vote comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who everyone knows by now was likely murdered by former police officer Derek Chauvin (likely, because there’s been no trial yet).
And while his death is unfortunate, sad, and even angering, that’s no reason to kill off a major American city already deeply wounded and still smoldering from the aftermath of protests that destroyed or damaged more than 500 structures (including businesses owned by black people).
'The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police officers is a tragedy that shows that no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color,' the five city council members wrote in the resolution.
The vote follows a veto-proof majority of the council members voting to disband the department.
Last Thursday, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender vowed that the council will 'dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety.' Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, echoed Bender's pledge.
'We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we're done, we're not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It's really past due,' he tweeted.
The decision puts the council at odds with Mayor Jacob Frey, a Left-wing Democrat whose own ‘wokeness’ would not spare him from derision and ridicule when he was booed and shamed out of a protest by demonstrators after he said he couldn’t abide by getting rid of all city cops.
It’s not clear what comes next — an actual policy put in place to actually get rid of the Minneapolis PD, replace the department with some other law enforcement agency, or whether hopes and prayers will be employed to keep the city’s residents from being raped, burned, and plundered.
But if you live there or have a business there, now might be a good time to not stick around and find out.
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