Imagine you will, a world in which the City Council for a major U.S. city was simultaneously trying to defund their own police department and being faced with the proposal bringing in help from other police departments to combat inarguably rising crime rates.
Yes, this is really happening, in Minneapolis no less, ground zero for this summer’s widespread Black Lives Matter/Antifa protests and riots where efforts to dismantle the local police have already been set in motion.
The Daily Caller reports that, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, officers from neighboring jurisdictions could soon be brought in with the local police department.
If the far-left City Council and the Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey approve the measure, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police would temporarily lend a hand as the city grapples with a recent increase in crime, which includes 74 reported homicides so far this year.
“We’re not gonna be having these people out taking bicycle theft reports. These are going to be people out combating crime issues,” spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, John Elder said, as quoted by the Tribune.
So now only certain crimes are “crimes” now? Huh?
He reportedly went on to explain that the officers would work on Joint Enforcement Teams to respond to reports of violence. Teams would be deployed starting November 15th and through the end of the year.
“We’re barely able to cover the shifts that we have,” City Council Member Linea Palmisano said, the Tribune reported. “We really can’t allocate additional police officers for on-duty shifts.”
Palmisano and Frey’s office both expressed support for the measure.
Well, if this doesn’t prove that “defund the police” or “abolish the police” are idiotic pipe dreams, I don’t know what does.
The City Council and Frey were quite receptive to these concepts earlier this year and appear to have changed their tune.
Or maybe now that the election is over, they don’t see the value in virtue-signaling to the radicals getting so much friendly media coverage and support from “woke” corporate America?
Either way, if you’re at the point where you’re recruiting outside help to support your police departments, you’ve let both your law enforcement officers and your citizenry down, and hard.
Shame on the Minneapolis police commanders. They don’t deserve outside help. Their city leaders cut police funding. Make the city council pay the price. Sure it’s a shame that Minneapolis citizens are caught in the crossfire but they elected these clowns.
Outside agencies should flat out decline. Why should outside taxpayers have to spend their money to prop up a city that cut their own police budget? That is insane. Not to mention that if some other agency officers has to use force, it will be reviewed by some cop hating activist Hennepin County prosecutor. Why would any outside police commander put their officer in that untenable position.
Perhaps it’s time they pull an “Atlas Shrugged” as we’ve explained previously, as this is the only way to get leadership to recognize the true cost of their idiotic pie-in-the-sky ideas about reforming law enforcement.