(Tea Party 247) – Remember a few months back when the Minneapolis city council voted to disband the police department and replace cops with mental health workers, which is, of course, the worst idea in the history of bad ideas? Well, it seems their master plan has hit a brick wall as the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted 10-5 to keep the issue off the ballot in November.
The good news is this means police officers won’t be booted from the streets this year. The bad news, however, is there won’t be a whole lot of cops available to go out and patrol the streets in the coming months.
You can’t slash budgets and then think you’re going to have enough protection to keep the streets safe. And contrary to what liberals think, no criminal is going to be “talked down” by some lowly psychologist. These are hardened criminals. Many of them have violent records. Things are not going to go well if this plan continues forward.
Here’s more on this frightening possibility via Hot Air:
Last month the Washington Post reported that as many as 150 officers were planning to file disability claims saying they had PTSD from their time on the streets in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Last week the Star Tribune reported that, unofficially as many as a third of the entire force could be gone by the end of the year:
Over the past two months, 40 cops have resigned, been fired or are in the process of leaving the force, and another 75 have taken a medical leave for post-traumatic stress disorder they say was caused by the riots that followed Floyd’s death. Dozens more are expected to file for leave in the coming months.
MPD officials not authorized to speak publicly estimate the department, which is budgeted for 888 officers this year, could lose as much as a third of its workforce by the end of the year.
The shortages highlight the challenge facing the city’s beleaguered police force as it faces calls for its defunding, or even abolishment.
Residents say that police are taking longer to respond to emergency calls, even as homicides, shootings and robberies have all increased by double digits from last year.
Thanks to the push to slash budgets, which Democrats in leadership positions in the city immediately caved to after George Floyd’s death, there’s just no way the city can restaff the officers they’ve lost already.
The decreased staffing levels among the MPD’s five precincts is a dilemma for the department, as it grapples with COVID-related budget cuts and sinking officer morale. For instance, a recent Monday night found just six officers patrolling the 14.5 square miles of the Third Precinct, according to MPD officials…
The deployment picture has worsened as the department tries to dig itself out of the budgetary hole it’s been in since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. While a recent class of recruits hit the streets last month, another class that was scheduled to start training in August has been canceled. And with a citywide hiring freeze in effect until at least the end of the year, there are no replacements in sight.
For every single police officer who leaves or is let go, the workload for those who remain increases exponentially, which places an unfair burden on those who have been able to stick around. What’s worse, there’s going to be more cuts in the future.
Many local residents are worried about how this is going to impact their neighborhoods and whether or not the lack of police presence will increase violence where they live.
Additionally, the crime and lack of sufficient policing, on top of the problems created by the coronavirus, has made downtown Minneapolis an unattractive place to try to run a business. So many businesses are now thinking about moving out.
A new survey by the Downtown Council shows 45 business owners say they are considering leaving downtown – citing the lack of people working or socializing downtown – and the idea that the police department could be dismantled.
Though they won’t say which businesses are considering pulling out of downtown, the council says one of the businesses employs 600 people.
This was always a horrible idea. It’s proof that liberals like those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement do not think through the solutions they propose to the problems they claim black people face.
Either that or they are working on behalf of the Democratic Party to purposefully sow chaos and increase crime so as to justify leftist policy implementation that will promise security in exchange for liberty.
It’s bogus regardless.
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