The city that was at the heart of the “Abolish the Police” movement in 2020 has moved away from that as crime increased dramatically in one year.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd, far-left members of the Minneapolis City Council voted to push forward with a plan to abolish the police department entirely and replace it with a “public safety unit.”
For people who aren’t all that keen on the Second Amendment, the results of that decision probably wouldn’t work out the way they’d like it to.
People will always find ways to defend themselves when those in authority who are entrusted to do so fail to fulfill their obligations.
Crime in Minneapolis began to rise after the decision to replace the police, including a staggering 537% increase in violent carjackings.
The proposal to dismantle the police became a ballot measure in November 2020, and it was rejected by voters.
The move to abolish police failed, but crime was already rising and police officers were leaving their jobs in droves. It became so bad that even “woke” Mayor Jacob Frey admitted that defunding police contributed to the rise in crime.
“It’s just the reality of the solution, you know,” admitted Frey. “When you make big, overarching statements that we’re going to defund or abolish and dismantle the police department and get rid of all the officers, there’s an impact to that.”
Here he is saying that very thing just one year after George Floyd’s death:
Well, no Duh! This is the sort of thing that happens when you allow a lawless mob to burn down a police precinct and acquiesce to the demands of said mob.
Fortunately, Minneapolis did find a solution — it involved putting money back into police budgets.
In February, the City Council voted unanimously to give the Minneapolis P.D. the $6.4 million that they had requested.
And now, it looks like the Minneapolis police budget will be just about restored to what it was before the “defund” movement began… and that’s with around 200 fewer officers.
The Minneapolis Police Department will receive millions more in funding under a new budget approved just weeks after the embattled agency survived a campaign to replace it altogether.
Mayor Jacob Frey and the City Council last week agreed to a $1.6 billion budget that includes just over $191 million for the Police Department (MPD), restoring its funding to nearly the level it held before George Floyd was killed in 2020.
Though some City Council members lamented the mayor’s police spending, they made few efforts to do anything about it. That reluctance was a stark contrast to last year, when Minneapolis found itself at the forefront of a national movement calling on leaders to move money from police departments to other services in the months after Floyd’s death.
That urgency faded as crime surged and the “defund police” message became a political liability. Minneapolis has joined other cities in walking back police funding cuts.
Source: Minnesota Star-Tribune
As of last week, Minneapolis recorded 91 homicides in one calendar year. That’s is 5 murders shy of its all-time record which was set in 1995.
But it isn’t just a spike in murders that’s a problem in Minneapolis — crimes of all stripes are up.
That gives Minneapolis the distinction of having one of the highest crime rates in the country for a city of its size.
Based on data collected by NeighborhoodScout, when compared to similar communities, Minneapolis has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Other regions in Minnesota, over 98 percent, are considered safer than Minneapolis, where an individual’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime is 1 in 18.
The city also has one of the highest homicide rates in the United States. The chance of getting your vehicle stolen in Minneapolis is 1 in 145, which is again one of the highest in the country. Property crimes including arson, larceny, and burglary are at a peak rate of 48 per 1,000 people.
Source: Epoch Times
Ah, quite the wild ride, there, Mayor Frey!
But then, the city’s got to do something about the spike in crime, right?
If people don’t feel safe in a city, they’re going to look for a way out to somewhere that has a lower crime rate… or protect themselves.
Neither of those options is very palatable for Big Government leftists like the ones currently running Minneapolis.