Police defunded Minneapolis: Carjackings up 537%, violent crimes exploding as push continues to get rid of cops

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Carjackings in Minneapolis have increased by 537% in November 2020, compared to November 2019. Minneapolis police have reported more than 125 carjackings in the city over the past two months.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder addressed the rise:

“The numbers are staggering.

“It defies all civility and any shred of common human decency.

“These suspects have been known to ask for directions, and then rob the victim of a purse, phone, or car.”

On Saturday morning, three separate carjackings were reported in a one-hour period, including one incident where an elderly woman was struck in the head.

Police said suspects typically approach distracted victims on the street, sidewalk, or parking lot, according to authorities. Many of the armed stickups have targeted senior citizens and women on the city’s South Side.

This is similar to New Orleans, another hotbed for carjackings, where thieves target older women and younger women with children.  Note that carjacking suspects are not targeting burly male construction workers or big guys leaving the gym.

Police have reported that the large majority of the suspects are juveniles, although some adults have also been arrested for these crimes.

In total, Minneapolis has seen at least 375 carjackings this year, which was more than three times higher than 2019.  While the MPD did not record such crimes until September 22, 2020, due to their low frequency, authorities created a new coding system after the summer months saw an abnormally high number of attacks.

Carjackings have increased in the city, as have other major and minor crimes.

According to Minneapolis police data, more than 500 people have been shot in the city this year, twice as many as 2019. Murders are up more than 50%.

So far this year, there have been nearly 5,000 violent crimes, the most in the past five years.

In a surprising response of support for the police, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey spoke out on the city council’s proposal to slash $8 million from the police budget, calling the move “irresponsible and untenable.”  He added:

“This notion that in order to have a more comprehensive public safety strategy you have to do away with one critical element, which is police, is wrong.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that crime was increasing all over the city:

“Crime is occurring, shootings, carjackings, robberies. They are citywide, they are impacting everyone, and not just one constituency base and not just one neighborhood.”

In a contradictory move, the Minneapolis city council approved emergency funding of nearly $500,000 to bring in officers from outlying areas to assist Minneapolis police.  Almost in the same gavel strike, though, they have pushed to cut police funding by $8 million.

Chief Arradondo has been very vocal about the city council’s continual attacks on the police budget, showing the police force less and less respect.  He has stated several times that they cannot lose police budget money, lose officers, and fight against increasing crime.

US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who represents the Minneapolis area, applauded efforts to defund the police by $8 million.

In a tweet, she referred to the need for police as a “fear-driven narrative”:

“Don’t fall for the fear-driven narratives.  We can craft a justice system that prioritizes people’s basic needs like mental health + violence prevention, & allow the city to put public safety first.”

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Omar gave a shout out to city council members Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham, and Steve Fletcher.  The proposal would also transfer about 5% of the police budget to a mental health crisis team and violence prevention.

Minneapolis had a city-government-formed anti-violence group that patrolled area streets but was disbanded after less than 60 days because it was labeled “ineffective” by the council.

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Cop-bashing radical Ilhan Omar applauds Minneapolis plan to cut $8 million from police

December 1, 2020

The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Cop-hating, America-despising, anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spoke out on Monday in defense of the Minneapolis City Council’s move to divert $8 million from the Minneapolis Police Department budget to other municipal services, Fox News said.

“Don’t fall for the fear-driven narratives,” the far-left Marxist loving congresswoman said in a tweet. “We can craft a justice system that prioritizes people’s basic needs like mental health + violence prevention, & allow the city to put public safety first.”

So Omar’s idea to “put public safety first” is to remove $8 million dollars from the Minneapolis PD? What a tone-deaf clown this woman is.

Omar singled out city council members Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham and Steve Fletcher, crediting them with drafting the measure. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the proposal would transfer approximately 5% of the police budget into mental health initiatives, such as a mental health crisis team and violence prevention, among other programs.

Omar, who was allowed to come to the United States from war-torn Somalia and has repaid the favor by bad-mouthing the United States on a regular basis, was one of the leading zealots howling to defund the police after the death of George Floyd in police custody back in May.

Both Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, as well as Police Chief Medaria Attadondo slammed the proposal on Monday, with the mayor calling the scheme “irresponsible and untenable” in a year where crime in the city has exploded amidst a shrinking police department.

Both have expressed support for some community alternatives, as well as policing reforms, they both said that such initiatives cannot come at the expense of further cutting the police department, where over 120 officers have left since the beginning of the year with more to follow.

“This notion that in order to have a more comprehensive public safety strategy you have to do away with one critical element, which is police, is wrong,” Frey said.

“We are hearing from communities right now that they are looking for a ‘both-and’ approach.”

“This is literally a life and death matter right now and we need to get it right,” he said.

Minneapolis residents have previously sued the city over the lack of police presence amid the explosion of crime in the city.

According to statistics, more than 500 people have been shot in Minneapolis this year—twice as many as 2019, while murders are up more than 50%.

In addition, statistics show that there have been nearly 5,000 violent crimes, the most in the past five years, records show.

Chief Arradondo addressed the shootings, as well as the 80 homicides the city has dealt with this year. He said it would be “reckless and dangerous” to reduce the police department’s staffing without waiting for the results of a city-sanctioned study of the department’s staffing numbers. 

“We need to dream about a better future, but we cannot sleepwalk on public safety of our residences and our businesses,” he said. 

“Crime is occurring, the shootings, the carjackings, the robberies. They are citywide, they are impacting everyone, and not just one constituency base and not just one neighborhood.” 

Ironically, a Seattle social worker was stabbed to death on Monday as that city has been taking a similar approach to the one advocated in Minneapolis. What could possibly go wrong? 

Perhaps Omar should take some of the millions her campaign put in her husband’s bank account to fund some of these initiatives she so highly values.

After giving her husband’s firm nearly $3 million this campaign cycle, Omar decided to cut ties with the firm, E Street Group, according to the AP. Omar said she made the move so that her supporters would feel “there is no perceived issue with that support,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Apparently with a straight face, Omar told supporters, “…you deserve to be a part of a movement that you can rely on, believe in, and know that it is holding itself to the highest possible standards.”

Yup, like paying the firm $1.1 million in the third quarter of this year alone. Ilhan Omar’s name is spelled F.R.A.U.D.

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