A Leviathan of a Lesson Learned? Minneapolis May Soon Ask Other Police Departments to Loan Them Officers

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It’s been a violent year, and the year’s not over.

When will the violence be?

That remains unsure, and as chaos continues, a hotbed of horror may soon be asking for help from surrounding areas.

As reported by the Minneapolis StarTribune Monday, officials in the city where George Floyd died beneath the knee of cop Derek Chauvin are considering importing police from nearby jurisdictions to fight the spike in violent crime.

But didn’t they decide it was best to Defund the Police?

They sure did — on June 13th, I offered the article “Cops Are Canceled: Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes to Dismantle the Police.”

In fact, amid anarchic upheaval, councilmember Tammy Morales appeared to suggest looting was a good thing:

Fast-forward to the painfully predictable, as murder rates and officer retirements surged and city resident Lisa Cruz described her new normal in September:

“[H]onestly, I haven’t really been sleeping right now. I mean, I can’t. ‘Cause I hear every little thing that is going on — police sirens, like the helicopters, gun shooting, everything. … [I]’ll sleep with [my kids] in my room because I am scared, and I’m terrified something is going to happen to them. … You’re sleeping, and all of a sudden you feel like you are in a war zone.”

And now the same place that basically told law enforcement to take a hike is looking to borrow men and women in blue.

From The Daily Caller:

Police officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police will temporarily work with the Minneapolis Police Department if the measure is approved by the City Council and Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, according to the Tribune. The city has experienced a recent increase in violent crime, with 74 reported homicides just this year.

Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson John Elder explained that anyone coming to help had better roll up their sleeves:

“We’re not gonna be having these people out taking bicycle theft reports. These are going to be people out combating crime issues.”

Per John, those aiding the city would respond to reports of violence as part of the Joint Enforcement Teams.

The squads would be unleashed on the bad guys November 15th and would continue in commission ’til the end of the year.

Despite the City Council’s recent history, according to the StarTribune, councilmember Linea Palmisano is leaning toward Increase the Police:

[Linea], who supports the supplementary patrols, said she also hopes they’ll be able to continue them in the 2021 budget, which will be finalized next month.

“We’re barely able to cover the shifts that we have,” Palmisano said. “We really can’t allocate additional police officers for on-duty shifts.”

In order to pay the additional officers, the city would take roughly $500,000 from its contigency fund.

If the measure passes, will the City Council admit their initial idea was insane?

My guess is we’ll never hear such a thing — all those who called for a defunding of law enforcement will simply move on to the next trending cause. That includes politicians, pundits, and echoing activists in entertainment.

Meanwhile, a city in Minnesota will persist in its struggle against the violence plaguing it.

So will areas such as Portland, New York, and Chicago, as 2020 nears its end and we venture further into the American Unknown.

-ALEX

 

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