Violence and chaos in the streets of Minneapolis overnight…as a suspected gunman fatally shot himself Wednesday. The alleged gunman shot himself as Minneapolis police were moving into arrest him, sparking looting in the downtown area. Videos on social media showed windows being smashed as people broke into businesses.
The city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, who came under fire for refusing to promise to defund and dismantle the police, urged everyone to go home…and imposed a curfew and the assistance of the National Guard.
The city council in Minneapolis is struggling with the challenges between its community and law enforcement with tensions overflowing since the death of George Floyd in late May.
I understand the outrage at the police and am sympathetic to it. However, we need our police. Law enforcement is the backbone of our society. Policing a community, especially a community that struggles with decades of economic challenges, is challenging. However, the answer is never more violence. The answer is never to loot. The answer is never to destroy property, nor is the answer is certainly not to defund and give up on law enforcement. The economic implications of doing so are too massive.
And, yet, that’s exactly what Minneapolis has signaled it wants to do. The City Council voted to not just defund the police…but to dismantle it entirely. The council has suggested replacing many of its field officers with social workers. It’s unclear just how the social workers would have handled the events that unfolded last night.
Meanwhile, here’s the kicker: the same group on the city council that voted to get rid of police is now demanding private security – and, they’re getting it! To the tune of $4500 a day. https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/06/27/course-minneapolis-city-council-votes-disband-police-pays-4500-day-private-securty/ Think about that… taxpayers are on the hook for bureaucrats’ private security team all while they, the taxpayers themselves, would theoretically get no police protection? How is that fair?
Why should a business want to own a shop in downtown Minneapolis, if the property itself cannot be protected? Why should an individual want to live in Chicago, if his or her life could be at risk to these chaotic mobs? This issue need not be political. Instead, we must be realist about how we can best protect people, their lives and their livelihoods.
As such, “defunding the police” makes no sense… and, if we keep this up will soon become a two-tiered America. The haves and have-nots. This is not the economy we want.