Council advances plan to dismantle Minneapolis Police Dept

in this June 1, 2020 file photo, an emotional Terrence Floyd, second from right, is comforted as he sits at the spot at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn., where his brother George Floyd, encountered police and died while in their custody. A dispatcher who was …

By Breitbart – 6/26/2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a radical proposal to change the city charter that would allow the police department to be dismantled, following mass public criticism of law enforcement over the killing of George Floyd.

The 12-0 vote is just the first step in a process that faces significant bureaucratic obstacles to make the November ballot, where the city’s voters would have the final say. And it came amid a spate of recent shootings in Minnesota’s largest city that have heightened many citizens’ concerns about talk of dismantling the department.

The Minneapolis force has come under heavy pressure since Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. Activists had long accused the department of being unable to change a racist and brutal culture, and earlier this month, a majority of the council proclaimed support for dismantling the department.

Doing so would first require amending the city charter. Draft language of the amendment posted online would replace the department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”

The amendment goes on to say the director of the new agency would have “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.” It also provides for a division of licensed peace officers, who would answer to the department’s director.

Council members who support the change are looking to seize on a groundswell of support for significant policing changes following Floyd’s death. If they don’t get the charter change on the November ballot, their next chance won’t come until November 2021, they say.

“It is time to make structural change,” Council Member Steve Fletcher said. “It is time to start from scratch and reinvent what public safety looks like.”

The proposed amendment is expected to be approved Friday, but that’s just a first step. It goes then to a policy committee and to the city’s Charter Commission for formal review. The commission’s recommendation doesn’t bind the council, but it takes time.

Barry Clegg, chairman of the Charter Commission, said the process feels rushed.

“As I understand it, they are saying, ‘We are going to have this new department. We don’t know what it’s going to look like yet. We won’t implement this for a year, we’ll figure it out,’” Clegg said. “For myself anyway, I would prefer that we figured it out first, and then voted on it.”

Clegg said that to get the proposed amendment question on the November ballot, it has to be finalized by Aug. 21. He said if the Charter Commission took its final action at its Aug. 5 meeting, there would likely be enough time for it to get passed by the full council, go through a veto period, and then, if vetoed, have time to spare for a possible mayoral veto override. Once on the ballot, the measure would go to voters.

Mayor Jacob Frey doesn’t support abolishing the department, a stance that got him booed off the street by activists who demonstrated outside his house following Floyd’s death and demanded to know where he stood.

Frey expressed concerns about the proposed amendment as currently drafted, including whether the change would eliminate police altogether or allow for a police presence going forward. He also said that when something currently goes wrong, the chief and the mayor are accountable — but under the new plan, accountability would be dispersed among 14 people. Frey also questioned whether policing practices would vary, based on ward or other factors.

“There is a significant lack of clarity. And if I’m seeing a lack of clarity, so are our constituents,” said Frey, who has said he supports deep structural change in the existing department.

Fletcher said under the new agency when someone calls 911, there will always be a response that’s appropriate, including the option for a response by employees authorized to use force. But he said the vast majority of calls that police officers currently take will be answered by employees with different expertise.

Miski Noor, an organizer with Black Visions, criticized the proposed amendment for creating a division of licensed peace officers at all. She said it “would give current and former police way too much power to shape public safety in Minneapolis.”

Steven Belton, president and chief executive of Urban League Twin Cities, said the way some council members went forward without a concrete plan is “irresponsible.”

“The problem that needs to be stated up front, from my perspective, is racism. … I’m not sure what they are trying to fix here,” he said.

Don Blyly, whose beloved science fiction and mystery bookstores were destroyed by arson in the unrest that followed Floyd’s death, said if local leaders do something “sufficiently stupid” when it comes to policing, he won’t reopen in Minneapolis.

“There are legitimate problems with the Minneapolis police, but the way the politicians are going about it is just ridiculous,” Blyly said. “They are pandering to a certain segment of the electorate.”

Video: Terrorized Virginia Woman Being Attacked by BLM Mob is Told to “Call City Hall” by 911 Operator

A Virginia woman and her child were being attacked by a Black Lives Matter mob, so the woman called 911. Her call reached the 911 operator who did absolutely nothing but tell her to “call city hall.”

Tucker Carlson played the 911 call tonight as an example of how our local leaders are not protecting the citizens they were sworn to represent. When it comes down to it, local governments are caving to the mob and telling their police officers to stand down.

Listen to the frightened woman who is in shock when the 911 operator calmly refuses to help her:

There are numerous examples of citizens who desperately tried to reach the police or were attacked in their cars, but no one helped. Here is one from Santa Monica, California:

The victims are being made out to be the enemy. A recent article by NPR claimed people on the “far-right” have been running over people in the street. They cited 50 incidences. NPR would have their readers believe that far-right Americans suddenly decided just to start running over people? Doesn’t it have to do with the frightened motorists like the woman above who gunned it for safety when the mob came for them?

NPR is partly taxpayer-funded, so it’s important for them to be fair and balanced. They’re not. Americans need to know that their hard-earned taxpayer dollars are going to a media outlet that is as biased as CNN or MSNBC. In fact, one of their reporters is a regular on MSNBC. Yamiche Alcindor has been needling President Trump at White House press conferences for months. Should a reporter for NPR be grandstanding for the left?

NPR got caught and apologized yesterday for using the wrong photo. They replaced the photo with one from three years ago! They continued to push the false narrative that “right-wing extremists” are “turning cars into weapons”:

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NPR didn’t consider that people were frightened by a crowd surrounding their car and attacking them.

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Rep. Waters: “Incompetent and Heartless” Trump More Concerned About Statues Than Coronavirus

Just as her broken district begins to recover from riots, looting, and arson, the Los Angeles representative, Maxine Waters denounced the President claiming he “is more focused on saving statues of slaveholders, Confederate generals, and racists, than protecting the health of living and breathing Americans.”

“The United States remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 2.4 million cases and more than 124,000 deaths. My home state of California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida have seen their coronavirus cases skyrocket in the past two weeks,” Waters added. As the country and markets react to a second “scare” of coronavirus, Waters sidetracked the growing, social plague threatening the United States. The movement flooding major U.S. cities from Los Angeles to New York has caused the torching and looting of generational businesses.

The protests began following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minneapolis under police custody. The phone-recorded video of his arrest showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while the man called, “I can’t breathe.” Those three words have become the rallying cry for democrats as they call for defunding the police.

As reported by The Hill, The twenty-nine-year, career politician, Maxine Waters, issued a lengthy statement attacking the President’s focus on condemning the actions of rioters and protestors as historic statues across the country increasingly fall or become defaced. Later this week, Trump will take up the pen to direct law enforcement to prosecute individuals involved in the devastation of federal or state monuments.

“I think many of the people that are knocking down the statues don’t even have any idea what the statute is, what it means, who it is when they knocked it down,” Trump said on Wednesday, in an unrelated press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, according to NY Daily News.

 

Gun Sales Continue to EXPLODE As Nationwide Riots, Defund Police Movements Take Hold

Many realize the government won’t protect them.

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2020 is shaping up as an all-time historic year for the firearms industry, as sales continue to surge, particularly among first time gun owners largely in response to left wing criminal riots and the nationwide “defund the police” movement.

Sales of firearms have already crushed 2019’s figures amidst the national uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, in some cases outnumbering the previous year’s sales estimate figures by percentage of 70% and 85%. The nationwide riot and anti-police movement seems to have fueled the already-astronomical demand for guns to an ever greater degree, according to reports from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The firearms industry research group, which compiled the statistics indicating a surge in gun sales during the pandemic, is reporting that retailers are describing a similar panic buy in response to the nationwide riots.

Mark Olivia of the NSSF explained the sudden demand for firearmsYou’re seeing a reaction to people’s concerns about being able to provide safety for themselves and the ones that they love.” According to NSSF statistics, women make up 40% of first-time gun owners in 2020, with many of them hailing from left-wing states such as California.

Firearms retailers who report to NSSF indicate that 40% of their total sales were to new gun owners, as well.

Semiautomatic handguns continue to sell as the preferred firearm of 2020 ‘panic buyers,’ with shotguns in second place.

In a world where major American municipalities are going through with plans to abolish their police departments as rampaging left-wing mobs enact terror and destruction upon the community, many Americans are deciding to take precautions relating to their own personal safety through gun ownership.

 

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