Minneapolis City Council To Cut 8 Million from Police

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The  Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on  Thursday to cut millions of dollars in funding from the Minneapolis  Police Department’s budget next year after failing to abolish the police  department altogether earlier this year following the death of George  Floyd.

The Minneapolis City Council voted to “shift nearly $8  million from next year’s police budget to other city services as part of  an effort to ‘transform’ public safety in the city,” The Washington  Post reported. “The controversial plan was approved unanimously as part of the city’s 2021 budget.”

Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey had reportedly threatened to veto  the “irresponsible” bill but backed off his threat and praised the city  council “for removing language that would have permanently shrunk the  size of the force by about 130 officers in what he described as a  ‘defining moment for our city,’” The Post added. “Under the budget  approved Thursday, the council would divert $7.7 million from law  enforcement to fund alternatives to policing, including mental health  crisis teams and additional staffers in the city’s office of violence  prevention.”

The majority of the money that was cut from the  police budget came from cutting a budget for police overtime, which the  city’s police chief had “strongly discouraged,” saying that it was a  “necessity.” The department is reportedly down 166 officers as many have  permanently left while others are out “on long-term medical leave, many  citing post-traumatic stress disorder from the civil unrest that  erupted after Floyd’s death.”

An activist told The Washington Post  last month that the crime in Minneapolis is the worst that they have  ever seen, even worse than when the city was called “Murderapolis”  during violent years in the 90s.

“If  you want to talk about pandemics, we’re dealing with a pandemic of  violence,” the activist said. “We’re under siege. You wake up and go to  bed in fear because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. . . .  And our city has failed to protect us.”

The Associated Press reported:

Police  have recorded 532 gunshot victims this year as of last Thursday, more  than double the same period a year ago. Carjackings have also spiked to  375 so far this year, up 331% from the same period last year. Violent  crimes have topped 5,100, compared with just over 4,000 for the same  period in 2019.

The Minneapolis City Council complained back in September about the rising crime rates and blamed it on the police.

The Daily Wire reported:

“Residents  are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said city council member Jamal  Osman. MPR News says that Osman indicated that he has been flooded with  complaints with residents that their calls for help from the police are  not being answered. The report said that some city council members whose  constituents live in safer areas are now feeling “terrorized.”
“That  is the only public safety option they have at the moment: MPD,” Osman  said. “They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be  seen.”
City Council President Lisa Bender, who led the  charge in the initial calls to defund the police department, complained  that she thought the officers were being defiant.

Councilmember  Phillipe Cunningham called out those on the city council who were  complaining about the lack of a policing after they had called for  defunding the police department, saying, “What I am sort of  flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were  calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more  resources and funding into MPD.”

The Associated Press noted that  the city council’s plan to dismantle the department failed to go  anywhere when a separate city commission refused to put it on the ballot  of last month’s elections. The AP added, “The city was paying $4,500 a  day at one point for private security for three council members who  reported getting threats after supporting defunding.”

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