The president of the Minneapolis City Council, best known for her radical anti-police stance, is now demanding a completely “police-free society.”
Lisa Bender, the Council president after saying that those who needed to call cops if someone broke into their home should “check their privilege first” took it a step further on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
Host Chris Cuomo told her: “When you say you see someday being police-free that sounds aspirational, a utopian concept where nobody’s committing any crime, because as long as these communities are being preyed upon, both from within and without, there’s gonna have to be good men and women willing to step up to keep people safe.”
She replied: “I think the idea of having a police-free future is very aspirational, and I am willing to stand with community members who are asking us to think of that as the goal.”
During the interview, Cuomo challenged Bender on the notion of getting rid of the police, something he said “seems ridiculous to people.”
She replied: “We’ve looked at every reason that folks call 911. Why are people in Minneapolis calling for help? And we’re starting to pair what’s the right response to those calls. In the short term that helps our police officers focus on the work that they’re trained to do, while we have a better response to people who have a mental health crisis or a physical health crisis.”
She added: “The system of policing isn’t working for a lot of victims of crime. We have thousands of rape kits that have gone untested. We need to improve our response to all kinds of different violations of public safety, because again that trust in the system is so eroded that our community is across the board.”
Minneapolis is already feeling the impact of this radical left takeover, as a manufacturing company is packing up and leaving the city after seeing its buildings burn in a series of riots last week, and it may be just the first of many businesses to relocate if the city does dismantle the police department.
“A Minneapolis manufacturing company has decided to leave the city, with the company’s owner saying he can’t trust public officials who allowed his plant to burn during the recent riots. The move will cost the city about 50 jobs,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The company’s president, Kris Wyrobek, says they’ve operated in Minneapolis for nearly four decades and that it pains him to leave, but the city is simply not prepared to handle any further unrest — and with the new push to disband and defund the MPD, the situation is only likely to worsen.
“They don’t care about my business,” he told the Star-Tribune. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.”
“Wyrobek said the plant, which usually operates until 11 p.m., shut down about four hours early on the first night of the riots because he wanted to keep his workers out of harm’s way,” the Star-Tribune reports. “He said a production supervisor and a maintenance worker who live in the neighborhood became alarmed when a fire broke out at the $30 million Midtown Corner affordable housing apartment complex that was under construction next door.”
Minneapolis has already been a hub of chaos as liberal mayor, Jacob Frey, told the police department to stand down for the most part giving way to anarchy and leaving the city in near ruins. Damage costs are estimated at nearly half a billion dollars Mayor Frey, is asking for a federal bailout.
Frey, the Star-Tribune reports, seemed confused by the departure and insisted that Minneapolis public service did everything it could to keep the damage under control.
“This was a Guard-sized crisis and demanded a Guard-sized response,” Frey told the paper. “And once we had the full presence of the National Guard — which by the way hasn’t been deployed since World War II — there was a significantly different result.”