Minneapolis Democrats are now apparently “regretting” promises made to defund their local police department violent crime has exploded and their plan to abolish police has “collapsed” according to the New York Times.
Some Minneapolis City Council members who were part of the initial push to defund and even disband the city’s law enforcement are reportedly backtracking on their threat.
The far-left New York Times laments the city council’s failure in abolishing the police, claiming that the city’s “pledge to dismantle the police department has collapsed,” adding that “they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.”
Back in June, the Minneapolis City Council was clearly intent on making a push to rid the city of police all-together, with radical City Council president, Lisa Bender telling residents she had a vision of a “transformative new model of public safety” before adding that anyone worried about a crime spike was speaking from a place of “privilege.”
Bender was insistent that they need stick with the plan to dismantle the police, or they would be complicit in “white supremacy.”
In typical Democrat fashion – Bender has now conveniently reversed course after realizing that her decision to target police was a complete and utter failure.
Crime in Minneapolis has skyrocketed since the City Council initially threatened the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD)
The Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data shows a rise in assaults, robberies and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than those killed in all of last year.
Foolish Minneapolis City Council members at a meeting earlier in the month were shocked by the increase in crime and attempted to blame the police.
The council members questioned Police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the increases in crime, including daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?'” Council Member Jamal Osman said. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”
Following the failed attempt to write off the city’s police force, the council has changed their tone. “Councilor Andrew Johnson, one of the nine members who supported the pledge [to dismantle police] in June, said in an interview that he meant the words ‘in spirit,’ not by the letter,” according to the Times.
“Another councilor, Phillipe Cunningham, said that the language in the pledge was “up for interpretation” and that even among council members soon after the promise was made, ‘it was very clear that most of us had interpreted that language differently.”’
“Bender, the council president, paused for 16 seconds when asked if the council’s statement had led to uncertainty at a pivotal moment for the city,” the Times adds. “’I think our pledge created confusion in the community and in our wards,’ she said.”
Over the last month, Minneapolis officials have moved to “formalize a retreat” the Times added.
“National polls show decreasing support for Black Lives Matter since a sea change of goodwill in June. In Minneapolis, the most far-reaching policy efforts meant to address police violence have all but collapsed,” the outlet concluded.