Minneapolis council members have been criticizing the police and calling for the department’s defunding since George Floyd’s death at the end of May. In June, the Democrat council voted unanimously to abolish the police department. READ: Minneapolis City Council approves measure to abolish police force
So, people were caught a bit off guard during a two-hour meeting discussing police reform, when city politicians started complaining to the city’s chief of Police about rising crime rates:
In probably one of the most ironic moments of this year, members of the Minneapolis City Council asked the city’s police chief how his department was responding to the city’s rise in violent crime just months after the council led an effort to defund the police department.
MPR News reports even though the two-hour session was to study police reform, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents were reporting street racing, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, and shootings. Then they asked Arradondo what the department is doing about it. […]
And Council member Phillipe Cunningham said, “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.”
Demoralized by the constant criticism of politicians and mainstream media, over 100 Minneapolis police officers have resigned (double the normal amount) and this combined with calls to defund the police only emboldens the criminal element.
It is referred to as the “Ferguson effect” when researchers saw a similar spike in criminal activity after police were criticized for months following the death of Michael Brown in 2014 by St. Louis police. READ: ‘Minneapolis effect’: Crime spike follows anti-cop push
Meanwhile, Black leaders in Minneapolis have publicly condemned the plan of the Democrat city council to defund the police force. READ: ‘Absurd, Crazy, Ridiculous’: Black Leaders Slam Minneapolis City Council’s Plan To Defund The Police
And for the record, a recent Gallup Poll revealed that the majority of Blacks want the funding for police to stay the same or even increased. READ: 81% of Black Americans Want To Maintain or Increase Police Presence in Their Neighborhood