Residents Win Lawsuit: Judge Orders City to Hire Police After Defunding Them

Residents Win Lawsuit: Judge Orders City to Hire Police After Defunding Them

( – Across America, Democratic-led cities that defunded their police departments are experiencing a massive spike in violent crime. The movement started in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s death by former city police officer Derek Chauvin. Just weeks later, the city council defunded the police to the tune of $24.7 million.

In 2020, the Minneapolis city council drafted a plan to present voters with a choice to eliminate the police department and replace it with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. Under the proposal, the city would not be required to provide law enforcement services. It never made it to voters.

Since then, violent crime in Minneapolis spiked significantly. By May 2021, murders increased 84% year-to-year. Gun violence, robberies, and carjackings were also on the rise. Police officers quit in massive numbers as they became political pawns. Some citizens said enough was enough after their pleas for help went unheard. They sued the city in court, and the judge ruled the city must hire more police.

Judge Rules Against Defunding the Police Due to City Council Violation of City Charter

On Thursday, July 1, Hennepin County District Judge Jamie L. Anderson defied the far-left agenda to defund the police. A group of citizens filed a lawsuit to fight back against community leaders who left them to be potential victims of violent crimes. They demanded Minneapolis refund the police and put more cops on the streets.

The city attorneys should have seen this coming the day the city council passed the defund the police agenda. In Judge Anderson’s 26-page ruling, she cited the city charter that specifically requires Minneapolis to employ a “police force such that there are 0.0017 licensed peace officers per resident in Minneapolis, consistent with the number of residents currently in Minneapolis.”

In simple terms, the city council openly and purposely violated the city charter. The city can only change the charter with the voters’ blessing. The council did not put the proposal to a public vote, thereby violating its guiding document.

City Well Behind on Police Numbers

The city is expected to employ 669 total police officers by June 2022. However, that’s not enough to meet the requirements of the city charter. Judge Anderson ruled they have until June 30, 2022, to hire a minimum of 730 police officers.

The city says it’s reviewing the order, but it’s unknown if it will appeal.

It should be a lesson to all levels of government that rules must be followed. Rash, impulsive, emotional, and irresponsible decisions always catch up to those who don’t play by the rules.

This time, citizens stood up for their rights and the law in a legal and dignified manner. Let’s hope more do the right thing moving forward.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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