The irony is just too delicious.
After the death of George Floyd and the unrest, uh, rioting and looting and all that followed, in its infinite wisdom [cough, cough] the City Council of Minneapolis voted to “defund” the police, or cut their budget.
As a result, the inevitable happened…and the people in control just don’t understand why.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” Councilmember Jamal Osman said during a city council meeting on police reform. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”
Since there are one hundred fewer officers on the job as a result of defunding, and law enforcement workers leaving to work in greener pastures, there are simply fewer people around to do the job. In addition, with the prevailing street attitudes of “f— the police” making headlines, criminals are more likely to come out of their hiding places and cause mayhem.
And the people in charge, including the police chief to an extent, just don’t quite understand why.
Explaining it is not going to be an easy task for those who want to believe that law enforcement is the problem, not part of the solution. Defunding and maligning the police had a consequence that those who thought it out knew was coming sooner or later.
With no bulwark against criminals, no blue line, as it were, criminals were going to take advantage of the void. And in Minneapolis, they have done so with increasingly devastating results.
The bottom line is that criminals do not obey the law. They never have and they never will. That is why law enforcement exists in the first place.
Something that simple really should not need to be explained.
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