Radical Somali Congressmuslim Omar called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be dismantled. Omar described cops as a “cancer” that “we have to amputate.” “The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root (sic),” Omar told a cheering crowd.
CNSNews A day after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called the Minneapolis Police Department “rotten to the root” and compared it to a cancer needing to be cut out, nine members of the Minneapolis City Council publicly announced their intention to dismantle the 153-year-old department.
Omar posted a tweet calling for the police department serving the district she represents in the House to be shut down. “The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform,” she said. “It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.”
Residents of Minneapolis are learning a hard, first-hand lesson that elections have consequences. With violent crime surging in the city after the recent Black Lives Matter riots, the same Minneapolis City Council that officially moved to dismantle its police force is now asking, “Where are the police?”
BizPacReview At a meeting slated as a study session on police reform, which was attended by Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minnesota Public Radio reported that newly elected MUSLIM council member Jamal Osman said, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?”
Perhaps the question should be, given the council’s plans, “Where is the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention?”
Minneapolis City Council members, some of whom support defunding the city’s police department, say their constituents are “terrified” by a violent uptick.https://t.co/EnUY1zcKjI
— MPR News (@MPRnews) September 16, 2020
“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,” Osman said, in reference to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Other council members said their constituents are feeling “terrorized.”
As seen in one Democrat-run city after another following the protests and riots over the death of George Floyd, which left police departments under siege, the city is now dealing with a crime wave.
Council President Lisa Bender, who led the call to dismantle the MPD, said that her constituents are claiming defiant officers admit that they’re purposely not arresting people who are committing crimes, the news outlet reported.
More from MPR News:
The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, are also up. Incidents of arson have increased 55 percent over the total at this point in 2019.
All four police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd — whose death may have been the result of a fentanyl overdose — were fired. They also face serious charges for the incident.
It goes without saying that Minneapolis cops were paying attention, because they’re fleeing the department like rats jumping from a sinking ship — the chief said around 100 officers have left or have taken leave since the beginning of 2020, which is more than double the usual number.
As MPR News noted, the council recently took over $1 million from the police budget to hire “violence interrupters” to intervene and defuse potentially violent incidents. (They’re probably hiding in fear)
If the reaction on social media is any indication, Minnesotans may be waking up to the reality that who you elect to office can make a difference.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter: