By Duncan Smith
In the wake of the George Floyd incident earlier this year, crazed left-wing anarchists in Minneapolis demanded that the city take funding away from the police department.
The city council dutifully obliged.
And now, some things that surprise no one who one ounce of deductive reasoning ability are happening:
— Police are demoralized;
— Police are leaving the city;
— Crime is going up by a lot.
'If you want to talk about pandemics, we're dealing with a pandemic of violence,' Cathy Spann, a community activist with the Jordan Area Community Council, told The Washington Post.
'We're under siege. You wake up and go to bed in fear, because you don't know what's going to happen next,' she added. 'And our city has failed to protect us.'
In the aftermath of the riots that devastated parts of the city following the May 25 death of George Floyd, the city council said in June it wanted to defund and dismantle the city's police department.
The city could let voters make that call as soon as 2021.
In the meantime, violence prowls the streets.
'Homicides in Minneapolis are up 50 percent, with nearly 75 people killed across the city so far this year,' The Post reported. 'More than 500 people have been shot, the highest number in more than a decade and twice as many as in 2019. And there have been more than 4,600 violent crimes — including hundreds of carjackings and robberies — a five-year high.'
'Our city is bleeding,' Minneapolis Police Department Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told a recent city council meeting. 'At this moment, I'm trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding.'
He said the city has lost more than 100 officers this year, or more than twice the normal rate.
Out of 888 budgeted positions, Arrandondo has 735 officers, 500 of which are needed for patrolling the streets.
And let’s be clear: After the city charged three of its own officers with murdering Floyd, there aren’t a lot of cops on the beat in Minneapolis who are going out of their way to make arrests and get involved in anything that could wind up turning bad for them.
So really, the city is only superficially ‘safe,’ and that’s only because there are more residents (right now) who are law-abiding than lawless.
That could change again at the drop of a hat, however.
The problem is, there won’t be anyone around to separate the victims from the lawless next time.
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