There’s a real case of liberal insanity among many in a neighborhood in Minnesota.
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, many of the people in this neighborhood near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis have vowed not to call the police on people in their community, according to the New York Times.
But they’re finding out that when you do that, it’s not likely to turn out very well.
This may be a good precursor for what might come for the rest of the city when they do away with police.
The predominantly white progressive neighborhood is now having to deal with a homeless encampment of about 300 people in Powderhorn Park, with all the attendant issues that one might expect from such an encampment. Residents intervened when police tried to get the people in the park to leave last week and now the Parks and Recreation board passed a resolution not to kick the people out. The board also put in a dozen portable restrooms, a shower trailer, trash bins and running water and electricity in the park and volunteers have distributed food and supplies to people there.
Among the problems? Traffic and drug dealing have increased, they even have prostitution now in the area. One person overdosed in the park since the end of May.
From Fox News:
Residents though have agreed to “check their privilege” and “protect people of color” by not involving law enforcement to report instances of property damage, according to the New York Times.
If anyone is put in physical danger, they instead vowed to seek help from the American Indian Movement, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to address systemic issues of poverty and police brutality against Native Americans and has been policing their own communities for years.
Keeping the promise not to call the police has proven more difficult than imagined, as some residents have avoided the park altogether after being catcalled and are fearing for their children’s safety. Others said they had trouble sleeping at night, fearing campers would force their way into their homes.
“I’m not being judgmental,” Carrie Nightshade, 44, told the Times, explaining she no longer allows her children, 12 and 9, to play in the park by themselves. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.
Tobie Miller said she was concerned that such concerns could be viewed as racial profiling, she believed that the issues were due to “systemic oppression” which wasn’t the fault of the people in the park.
Joseph Menkevich found a man with a hospital bracelet passed out in the elevator to his building. He called for a community activist who didn’t respond. He then called 911 for an ambulance, but he was concerned when police showed up. He said he was unhappy with them when they offered to take the man back to the hospital and the man refused, so they made the man leave into the rainy night.
Perhaps the most incredible story was that of Mitchell Erickson, who found himself cornered by two teenagers a block from his home when one of them stuck a gun in his chest and demanded his car keys.
He accidentally gave them his house keys instead and they were unable to steal his car, so they left and stole another car elsewhere.
Despite his vow, he called the police, which he says he now regrets.
“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson said in a text message to a reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”
“Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”
Erickson said later that he would not cooperate with prosecutors in the case against the teenagers, according to the Daily Caller.
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— Paul Hundred (@paul_hundred) June 24, 2020
May I say to these lovely liberals? Just like with the CHOP folks in Seattle, you are setting yourselves up for a tragedy. Erickson is lucky to be alive and he regrets calling the police? This is pure lunacy.
This starts with a basic false principle, the false principle that underlies the defund the police movement, that police are evil, bad and want to do harm to black people. This isn’t reality – it is not common when police kill anyone, even more so when they kill someone who is African American. It’s a tragedy when any life is taken, especially in the case of wrongdoing by police such as with George Floyd. To suggest that it’s rampant, common and systemic, however, is not only factually wrong, it leads to insanity like this. How would you not think it correct to call the police on someone who tried to rob you with a gun and then not want to help the prosecutors in the case? Is he likely to have been the teenagers first victim? No. But because of him, he’s likely not to be their last. Imagine what he would feel if they kill someone. But not only does he think he shouldn’t have called the police, he thinks they shouldn’t even suffer any punishment or consequences, that they should just get off.
These are today’s progressives, folks, God help us all.