(UnitedVoice.com) – After George Floyd died last summer in the custody of Minneapolis police, the city became ground zero for the movement to defund the police. In the wake of protests and riots over Floyd’s death, the mantra spread to Democrat-led cities across the nation. However, pushback by voters helped propel Republican victories in the House that were unexpected as people expressed their dislike of the controversial idea. Even so, that hasn’t stopped Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from cheering on the campaign to cut funding to the Thin Blue Line.
On Monday, November 30, the Mayor and the Police Chief of Minneapolis rebuffed a proposal by three City Council members that would have slashed nearly $8 million from the police budget. The far-left council members wanted police dollars transferred to violence prevention, mental health teams, and other departments. According to them, that would free up police to focus on violent crime.
However, as police officers leave in droves, Minneapolis is experiencing a significant rise in violent crimes. Since the start of this year, 120 police officers have left the force in frustration or concern about their safety and legal standing in one of America’s most dangerous jobs. More officer departures are expected.
Omar Makes Dangerous Claim
On Monday, Congresswoman Omar claimed on Twitter that the opposition to defunding the police was driven by fear. Not only did she call for people not to fall for the claim, but she also alleged the justice system needed reforms to include mental health and violence prevention. A far-Left member of “the squad,” Omar is one of the leading proponents of the defund the police movement in the wake of Floyd’s death.
However, her position encountered severe pushback from law enforcement throughout the fall election. Voters sided overwhelmingly with the police. Despite the presidential election, Republican incumbents didn’t lose a single House seat in the 2020 election and even added some. Many of them ran as proponents for police. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will lead the smallest majority in a century when the new Congress is seated in January.
Crime Rates Rise Across the Country in Liberal Cities
New York City, Chicago and Seattle are facing similar situations to Minneapolis. Each cut their police budgets and saw a corresponding surge in violent crimes. Seattle is experiencing the highest homicide rate in over a decade. New York City saw shootings explode 127% after the city council slashed $1 billion from the police budget.
In Minneapolis, violent crimes are reaching epic proportions, as well. On Monday, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that more than 500 people have been killed or hurt by gunfire since the start of 2020. Daylight carjackings were up 537% in November 2020 compared to November 2019.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) stood by Arradondo and said defunding Minneapolis’s police is the wrong tactic for the city. Both men said they support community alternatives and increased police training. However, the Mayor added that the community is telling him they don’t want their police cut.
Regardless of the facts, don’t expect Omar and other far-left Democrats in big cities to let up on the defund the police issue. Despite what the statistics show, they appear to be dug in and refusing to budge.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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