Minneapolis officials have a mess on their hands as they are starting to experience the ramifications of removing the police from their communities.
As with many Millenials, the Minneapolis City Council, in response to the death of George Floyd, emotionally overreacted and started the process of defunding the city’s police department, replacing them with their new “community safety” model.
Their rational was people of color are mistreated by the police leading to mistrust in their communities and that the local criminals would be more responsive to counselors showing up to crime scenes with the hope they could talk them through the situations.
In addition, to promote their social justice warrior causes, they encouraged anti-police protests, riots, via Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA.
Now a few months into their social science experiment, the fruits of their policies, which were predicted when put into place, are manifesting the fallout of man’s fallen nature when no police are around to corral them, crime!
According to the Star Tribune, carjacking attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November.
A housekeeper arriving early to her shift in south Minneapolis was confronted by two hooded teenagers outside her driver’s side window.
One pointed a gun at her head, demanding that she get out, before firing three shots: two ricocheted off the window and a third struck her side-view mirror.
The woman threw her car into reverse, sending the teens fleeing in the stolen car they arrived in, the latest in a series of brazen attempted armed robberies and carjackings in a wave that is stretching across the city. Minneapolis residents are grappling with a triple-digit percentage increase in these crimes, and incidents occurring at all hours, including broad daylight.
“She was completely traumatized,” the woman’s employer, Kathy Higgins Victor, said of the Nov. 27 incident. “It’s just so bold.”
Over the past two months, Minneapolis police have logged more than 125 carjackings in the city, a troubling surge that authorities had largely linked to small groups of marauding teens. But an increasing number of adults have been arrested in recent weeks for the same crime.
Within a one-hour period Saturday morning, police-reported three separate carjackings in southeast Minneapolis, including one where an elderly woman was struck on the head.
The spree comes amid a nearly unprecedented spike in violent crime, particularly shootings, since the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody and the civil unrest that followed.
In November, the toll of people shot this year surpassed 500 in Minneapolis, the most in 15 years. Seventy-nine homicides is the highest count since the mid-1990s, an era when the city earned the grim moniker “Murderapolis.”
Still, the city council — which has been forced to outsource its police work — is determined to continue its push to defund the police even further.
Three members of the city council — Steve Fletcher, Phillipe Cunningham, and council President Lisa Bender — released a plan last Friday, which they have dubbed “Safety for All,” proposing additional cuts to the Minneapolis Police Department and cementing a reduction in the city’s sworn law enforcement force.
According to KARE-TV, the Democrats want to use savings from the reduced law enforcement expenditures “to reinvest funding into mental health crisis response and violence prevention methods.”
In total, the council members propose cutting nearly $8 million from the police budget and shrinking the police force by 15%.
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Some of the proposed measures include: establishing a new 911 Mental Health Crisis Response for non-threatening calls, bolstering the city’s “311” capacity for crimes such as theft and property damage, transferring Minneapolis Police employees to the Office of Violence Prevention or Neighborhood and Community Relations, and adding money to the Office of Police Conduct Review.