You can always count on ideas dreamed up by leftist progressives to backfire. And the movement to defund police departments that has taken root in some cities has backfired spectacularly.
In cities where police have merely been cut back, but not eliminated – which is the ultimate goal of the movement – citizens are outraged at the increase in crime and the decline in effective policing.
So what do these citizens expect? Answer: They are overwhelmingly Democrats and leftists and have no idea what to expect. They are out of touch with reality. And then when reality comes back to bite them, they cannot admit that they were wrong to begin with. It is not in their nature as leftists to ever admit that they were wrong.
In fact there are bad, racist cops who should be fired. There recently was a video on the internet of a black cop in a small town in Ohio manhandling and handcuffing a white woman for not wearing a mask at a football game where there were hardly any people in the grandstands to begin with. This cop has to go. His bigotry and brutality against a white woman has no place in American law enforcement.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the ‘defund the police’ movement began, it is backfiring big-time. Michael Lee of The Washington Examiner reports:
Minneapolis City Council members, who recently voted to defund the police department, demanded answers from the city’s police chief for the recent uptick in crime.
Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham, who supported defunding the department, said during a police reform meeting, “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 Minneapolis Police Department.”
The council took more than $1 million from the police budget this summer to hire “violence interrupters,” who are supposed to defuse potentially violent situations instead of police officers.
In June, the council voted unanimously to dismantle the police department in favor of a “Department of Community Safety.” That plan was delayed in August when the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted to take more time to review the plan.
According to Minneapolis Police Department crime data, violent crimes such as assaults, robberies, and homicides are up in 2020. In August, the city passed the grim milestone of seeing more homicides in 2020 than in all of 2019. Arsons are also up 55%.
Cunningham’s ward has been one of the hardest hit by the crime wave, including the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy and two others who were hit by stray bullets while sitting in their homes.
Cunningham is black and he wanted to get rid of the police. He should not be complaining. In fact the answer to thwarting crime is more police, which these leftists know is true but refuse to acknowledge out of political correctness and pressure from domestic terror groups like ‘black lives matter’ (which Nikitas3.com refers to as Burn, Loot, Murder). The Washington Examiner continued:
Cunningham, however, remains committed to the recently instituted public-health-based reforms to the city’s law enforcement.
“If we have these systems in place, we are getting ahead of the violence,” Cunningham said. “That’s why I have advocated so strongly for the violence interrupters, because if they are interrupting the violence before the guns are being fired, then the MPD doesn’t have to respond to that violence.”
Right, ‘getting ahead of the violence’ with “interrupters”. This is the type of screwball theory that is dreamed up by college professors who live and work on safe college campuses, sealed off from the realities of the world.
“Public-health-based reforms to the city’s law enforcement” really means that the city government cuts the police and moves the funding to handout programs.
The only way for police to deal with most of the blacks who commit an overwhelming amount of the crime in America is to hit them hard with tough police action. These black criminals, who are often career criminals, only respond to force; otherwise they laugh at the police. Adult black males are 4% of the American population but they commit half of all crime in the US. The Washington Examiner reported:
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Councilmember Jamal Osman, who has been fielding complaints that calls for police are going unanswered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. Minneapolis Police Department. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”
Oh, gee, no kidding. The reason is simple: If a cop uses any force against a black criminal these days (cops are not accused of wrongdoing for dealing roughly with white criminals) it may end up on video on the internet and the cop can get charged with police brutality and end up in big legal trouble, even in jail.
Thus is it no surprise that cops don’t want to respond to calls or even get out of their patrol cars in these dangerous black neighborhoods. They have even seen cops swarmed by residents and assaulted when responding in these areas.
Even worse, the rhetorical assaults on police have gone off the rails. This black female Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, was accidentally shot by police, yet the cops are being made out to have targeted and killed her intentionally. Taylor’s former boyfriend was a major drug dealer in the city. Yet her death has been turned into a crusade against the police.
George Floyd in Minneapolis was a black career criminal who had a lethal dose of fentanyl in his system when he died. He probably died of the fentanyl. CNN reported about Jacob Blake, who is black and who was shot by cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparking riots:
Police Officer Rusten Sheskey has told investigators that it wasn’t just his life he was defending when he fired his weapon seven times at Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He said he used deadly force during the chaotic encounter because he was afraid Blake, while attempting to flee the scene, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle.
“He’s got my kid. He’s got my keys,” Sheskey heard a woman say, according to attorney Brendan Matthews, who is representing the officer. If Sheskey had allowed Blake to drive away and something happened to the child “the question would have been ‘why didn’t you do something?'” Matthews said.
We also know that Blake had a warrant out for his arrest for sexually assaulting his girlfriend.
The reason that this is happening is because blacks don’t want to do the hard work of policing their own communities or reforming their own culture. They blame all of their problems on police and white people and demand “reform” of everyone but themselves. It is disgusting, and most white people are sick and tired of it, including Democrats and liberals.
Remember the Golden Rule: Blaming others for all of your problems is a fundamental tenet of socialism. On the other hand, the fundamental tenet of conservatism is to take personal responsibility for your actions.
In Albany, NY, near where Nikitas3.com lives, there are stories every day of shootings and murder. White people in the Albany suburbs knows that this is happening in downtown Albany, among the black population. The Washington Examiner continued:
(Minneapolis city) Council President Lisa Bender, one of the leaders of the effort to dissolve the (police) department, accused police of purposefully not arresting people for committing crimes.
“This is not new,” Bender said. “But it is very concerning in the current context.”
This is typical of the derangement of the left. First they accuse the police of every kind of misbehavior even when a career criminal like George Floyd is violent, is hyped up on drugs and thus dangerous, and is resisting arrest. Then they accuse the police of not wanting to deal with the same criminals. The Washington Examiner continued:
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told council members that he has planned reforms, including adding more officers to patrol. But the department faces obstacles, including the loss of around 100 officers who have either taken leave or left the department entirely in 2020, which is more than double the typical amount of turnover for the department.
“We need to make sure that our communities know that we are going to be there,” Arradondo said. “That we’re going to be responsive. We’ve taken an oath to do that.”
What do these people expect? When you abuse and smear the police and launch a ‘war on police’ all over America, police are going to move away from cities to work in safer areas like suburbs or small towns where the people actually support them. It is basic human nature.
Update from The Daily Mail:
Members of the Minneapolis City Council are backtracking on their collapsed promise to dismantle the city’s police department, with some councilors now saying the pledge was ‘up for interpretation’.
On June 7 the council released a pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis police department and replace it with a new community support and outreach system following the May 25 death of George Floyd.
However, that effort was stalled in early August when the city’s Charter Commission voted to pause the amendment to dissolve and replace the police force and voted to take 90 more days to review it.
Council members have revealed that they didn’t state their intentions clearly and it caused confusion among officials, activists and the public.
This is false. These clowns knew exactly what they were doing. They just didn’t think that the citizens of Minneapolis would respond so negatively.
Meanwhile New York City has cut its police department including a special anti-crime unit, and crime is spiking, as expected. The Daily Mail reports:
New York City Police Commissioner blames a $1 billion cut to the NYPD’s budget for recent surge in crime that has seen a 166% spike in shootings from last year
NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea said the $1 billion policing budget cuts has had a ‘significant impact’ on the crime surge over the summer
The cuts, which were voted on by the NYC Council in July, resulted in policing funds being reallocated to education and social services over the next year
New York City saw a 166% spike in shootings in August compared to the same time last year, according to NYPD crime statistics
Police also said murders went up 34% on-year in the first eight months of 2020
No surprise there. The Daily Mail continued:
It comes as (New York state governor Democrat) Andrew Cuom called on city officials to ‘step up and lead’ in response to rising crime, calling the trend ‘wholly unacceptable’.
He signed an executive order last month that calls on cities to adopt plans for reforming their police departments by April next year in order to be eligible for state funding.
This is typical progressive double-speak. Cuomo is a far leftist who has ruined the New York state economy intentionally. Now he wants the police to step in and halt the crime wave while at the same time calling for “police reform”.
The fact is that reform is not needed; 99.99% of all police actions are resolved satisfactorily. Cuomo really wants to upend all of policing and put new burdens on police. This is simply driving seasoned officers out and discouraging young people from going into law enforcement. It is very bad for public safety. Police officers have a hard enough job as it is. They don’t need to be lectured about alleged racism and alleged police brutality.