After Minneapolis city council unanimously passed a resolution on June 12 to defund its police force, several black leaders took to the stage to condemn the council’s decision. They weren’t polite either.
The Daily Wire reports:
But, as reported by the Star Tribune, several leaders in the black community are incensed by how the Democrat-controlled city council has
proceeded with its “defund the police” plan (h/t Ed Morrissey).
“Egregious, grotesque, absurd, crazy, ridiculous. These are a handful of the words that some local African American leaders are using to rebuke the Minneapolis City Council’s moves toward dismantling the Police Department, even as they demand an overhaul of law enforcement,” the Tribune reported Thursday. “While the movement to defund the police has been driven by Black activists, others say that city politicians rushed the process and failed to include a police chief who has the backing of many Black residents.”
And on a totally unrelated note [sarcasm added], the murders in Minneapolis are over double what they were the same time last year and nearly half those murders took place after the death of George Floyd at the end of May.
Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald links this murder increase to calls to defund the police in that city.
Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald coined the term “Ferguson Effect” after documenting the spike in violent crime that followed the decrease in policing in response to protests of the death of Michael Brown in an altercation with a white police officer. [Note: Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in St. Louis in 2014]
Now, a “Minneapolis Effect” already is evident following the demands to defund police in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Mac Donald points out in a column for her think tank.
She cited a a Minneapolis Star Tribune analysis showing shootings in Minneapolis have more than doubled this year compared to last. Nearly half of all those shootings have occurred since George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day, May 25.
“Today’s violent-crime increase – call it Ferguson Effect 2.0 or the Minneapolis Effect – has come on with a speed and magnitude that make Ferguson 1.0 seem tranquil,” she wrote.