(RightWing.org) – In Democratic-led cities across America, “Defund the Police” movements became popular with far-left liberals after George Floyd died on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis. Almost immediately afterward, riots broke out, and far-left Democrats on the Minneapolis City Council began discussing plans to eliminate the police. It seems now the idea might not be a good one.
On Wednesday, September 16, the Minneapolis city council met with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo during a public meeting to study police reform. Instead, the meeting devolved into a discussion about the rise in crime. Daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, and shootings are all up. Suddenly, the politicians who said the police weren’t needed are asking, “where are they?”
The last thing the city council should be doing is expressing shock that crime went up!
Who could have conceived that defunding or eliminating the police would be a bad idea?
Bad Choices Come With Consequences
The far-left politicians who came up with the idea to eliminate or defund the police created the environment that allows for the increase of crime. They are signaling to people with bad intentions that there will be no consequences for their actions. Worse still, the politicians are telling citizens they will empower bad behavior by suggesting they are more interested in rehabilitating people in the middle of a crime than preventing it in the first place.
Police generally accomplish two goals at the same time:
- They are a deterrent to criminals afraid of getting caught.
- They are protectors for those who don’t want to be a victim of a crime.
The Minneapolis City Council took $1 million from the police in August. Over 100 police officers resigned. Those who stayed are likely feeling demoralized over the council’s response to their efforts to protect citizens.
In light of the challenges, there are bound to be criminal elements in the community prepared to take advantage of the situation.
Politicians Claim Police Not Doing Their Job
Some members of the city council refused to accept responsibility for the increase in crime. Instead, Council President Lisa Bender blamed the police. She said police intentionally decline to enforce the law or make arrests.
It makes one wonder, can the police do anything right?
If they enforce the law, they get accused of being overhanded, at best. At worst, they’re breaking the law they’re sworn to uphold. Officers have to make gut-wrenching calls in the middle of complicated circumstances. I’m sure none of them want to make a wrong decision that could ruin a career, jeopardize a retirement, or threaten them with going to jail.
Please don’t say they knew it when they accepted the job. That’s ridiculous. Yes, police know the job is dangerous. However, I’m confident they never thought leadership would leave hang them out to dry.
What About Citizens?
That leaves the real question, what are citizens supposed to do? They pay for police protection. They expect the police to respond to their needs. If the politicians prevent the police from doing their jobs, then it’s up to the citizens to put the pressure where it belongs: on the elected officials.
If the public doesn’t demand the far-left politicians hear their voice, they will get the result they deserve. Either the politicians will listen to their constituents, or they could be voted out.
In Minneapolis, the police department has had its budget slashed and the criminals are feeling empowered. It could happen anywhere in the country, it’s already happened in 12 other cities. If elected officials are not held accountable, it could happen in your town, too.
There’s an election coming up in under 50 days.
Let your voice be heard.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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