MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Nine of thirteen city council members for the city of Minneapolis are eating crow after discovering that the town charter refuses them the power to dismantle or defund the Minneapolis Police Department.
The outspoken council sparked a nationwide trend last week of cities seeking to reduce or completely dissolve police forces.
Council member Jeremiah Ellison took to Twitter last week with great conviction declaring:
“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It’s really past due.”
We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.
And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together.
We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.
It’s really past due. https://t.co/7WIxUL6W79
— Jeremiah Ellison (@jeremiah4north) June 4, 2020
Ellison happens to be the son of Attorney General Keith Ellison, the prosecutor for former officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thang, and Alexander Kueng who are accused in the death of Floyd.
However, despite promises to their constituents, the city council learned to their dismay that they have no authority to make such commitments.
The sole power to defund the police department lies with the Mayor, KMSP reports.
City Council not only cannot defund the force, but they are further obligated to ensure that the force remains funded proportionately in relation to the city’s population.
With the discovery that Mayor Jacob Frey alone has the authority to make such changes, countless have called on his office to do so. However, the Mayor is not convinced a police-less Minneapolis is the right decision.
According to NPR’s Jason Slotkin and Adrian Florid, Frey commented:
“I am absolutely for a massive shift, a structural shift in how the police department functions, I’ll say it again. And as for abolishing the entire police department — no, I’m not, and I’ll be honest about that, too.”
Frey, who is a former civil rights attorney, has been a long-time proponent of police officers developing relationships with the communities they serve. During his campaign in 2017, MPR News quoted Frey addressing police relations saying:
“If we’re really going to talk about having officers engaged in the community then they should be getting out of the car and doing it.
You know, I want people to know that their beat officer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. is Jenny.
And they know Jenny by name. They might even have Jenny’s number.
And once you’ve built those relationships that further the ability to deescalate difficult situations.”
Despite the Mayor’s long established position on positive police relations, crowds booed the mayor at a recent gathering when he refused to commit to dismantling the city’s police force altogether.
However, the crowds cheered at Powderhorn Park on Sunday when council member Andrea Jenkins committed to her constituents :
“We will be taking intermediate steps toward ending the MPD through the budget process and other policy and budget decisions over the coming weeks and months.”
Just a few short days later, the councilwoman and her colleagues have instead developed an alternative to their vows to dismantle the force.
The resolution itself identifies the desire and intent for a more peaceful city, however the actual details of how it will be accomplished when the officers face immediate challenges on the beat remain to be outlined.
The resolution does create a Community Safety Work Group to be comprised of members of the Department of Civil Rights, the Division of Race and Equity, Neighborhood Community Relations, 911 Working Group, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the City Coordinator’s Office.
The resolution commits that:
“Together, we will identify what safety looks like for everyone.”
In the meantime, as the fallout from Minneapolis spreads across the country, you’ve got a whole different ballgame in Seattle, Washington.
The Mayor of Seattle celebrated a “summer of love” even as rape and violent crime soared in the new “autonomous zone” Communist utopia set up by left-wing extremists in a 6 block area of the city.https://t.co/cl2ZMKHLS6
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) June 12, 2020
BLOCK PARTY?! She’s delusional!https://t.co/lFQ7dgl0Er
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) June 12, 2020
#ObamaGate @cspanwj @WarRoomPandemic #WeAreTheNewsNow
Michael Solan, President of the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild – “We are beside ourselves. The City has lost the will to enforce the will of law.”
Can the National Guard be far behind? pic.twitter.com/gQ2CNXGzut
— Cigman Freud’s Alter Ego (@CigarVolanteLLC) June 11, 2020
— New York Post (@nypost) June 12, 2020
After the abandonment of Seattle’s East Precinct due to threats of arson, the police department announced on Wednesday that they would like to get officers back to work inside of the boarded up building.
However, protesters have appeared to set up tents, blocking streets all around Capitol Hill, from 13th Avenue past 11th Avenue, near Cal Anderson Park, and it runs from East Olive Street to East Pike Street. This area has been labeled the “Autonomous Zone.”
— Steve Kiggins (@Q13FOXKiggins) June 10, 2020
The “Zone” was said to be set up and taken over by Antifa.
In perhaps a grand example of why we don’t negotiate with terrorists, Assistant Chief Dianna Nollette told reporters Wednesday that there is a criminal element “exacting extortion on businesses and neighbors” inside the zone, charging fees to come and go into parts of the neighborhood.
Antifa created their "autonomous city" by seizing 6 blocks in Seattle just yesterday and they've already run out of food and are starving 😆🤣https://t.co/DeRI0uGoUd
— ✭ Wayne Dupree ✭ (@WayneDupreeShow) June 11, 2020
There were also reports of “identification checks” at blockades, which were sometimes manned by people with guns.
Authorities would not elaborate on this information.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 10, 2020
Despite the leadership of SPD telling the officers they were abandoning the building for the arson threats, they also said they left to “calm tension and give protesters room to march.”
Apparently, Nollette and the SPD brass are going to be “working to identify and engage with protester leadership to move towards resuming operations at the facility.”
ANTIFA has taken over Seattle
They're occupying City Hall
They created an "autonomous zone"
They drove out the police
They're extorting local businesses
And not a SINGLE Democrat has condemned this behavior.
This is America's future if Donald Trump doesn't win in November.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 11, 2020
Q13 Fox reported:
“Nollette says she wants to come to an agreement with protesters so officers can return to the precinct because service has cut back.
“’Right now, we are on priority calls only which means people citywide who need a police response are not receiving it,’” she said. “’That to us is just not acceptable.’”
Nollette also said of reports of people using firearms in an intimidating fashion:
“While they have a constitutionally protected right to bear arms, and while Washington is an open-carry state, there is no legal right for those arms to be used to intimidate community members.”
Seattle Autonomous Zone update: pic.twitter.com/xX0LINKMao
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 10, 2020
Shockingly, Q13 also reported:
“Efforts to interview protester leadership for comment were unsuccessful.”
Meanwhile, some “protesters” have indicated that they don’t plan on moving from Capitol Hill.
King5 spoke to a man who identified himself as “Rooks,” who said:
“If you want to call it anything, it is the people’s community. It is not nothing aggressive or violent. We didn’t come out here for any of that.
“That’s what those faces on the wall. Black lives killed by police. We want people to see that those lives matter.”
“Rooks” wouldn’t answer when they plan on getting out of the streets, saying only:
“We’re hoping to see a better, if not system, society altogether.”
Calls for Security and Guns within thr Antifa-held Seattle Autonomous Zone pic.twitter.com/dNttPwfjN1
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 11, 2020
He also said there isn’t a “leader” in the “zone,” but a “unified message.”
In the “Autonomous Zone,” vandals have defaced a Seattle Police Department sign and changed it to “Seattle People Department.”
Armed Protesters have taken over 6 blocks in Seattle and are calling it the 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone'.
Where are the leaders in Seattle? pic.twitter.com/jnKCB39Ure
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 11, 2020
Fire Chief Harold Scoggins has stated that the blocked off area is a problem for his trucks. He said if there’s a medical call for a person in the area it will be nearly impossible to get to them.
City Councilman Andrew Lewis is also not happy with the barricaded area. He said:
“I oversee the mayor and the police department, I’m certainly going to be having conversations with them as this process unfolds.”
When asked of the “Autonomous Zone,” Governor Jay Inslee replied simply:
“That’s news to me.”
Leadership at its finest.
President Donald Trump has called out Inslee and Durkan on Twitter, saying:
“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”
Durkan spat back:
“Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker. #BlackLivesMatter.”
While @MayorJenny hides in her home, she's given this city away to domestic terrorists. But yeah, she's just so damn tough when it comes to tweeting to @realDonaldTrump. So completely pathetic. https://t.co/JNvXWIkRvg
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) June 11, 2020
The mayor has taken hits on social media for her comments as well as her caving to the terrorists taking over the city.
You have let children take over – how embarrassing! pic.twitter.com/HPFAR9VuLZ
— Karli Q ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@KarluskaP) June 11, 2020
Maybe get out of yours and do something about the city…
— iyaunna j 🦋 (@iyaunnajax) June 11, 2020
You are the epitome of a failure! Zero leadership, and you have allowed an insurrection in you own city!! It’s time to step up and if you are unwilling or incapable then I’m sure Trump will show you how!
— FeralPatriot (@KHerdeck) June 11, 2020
You foolish woman. You’ve allowed this to happen. You have encouraged this to occur. And frankly, if one drop of blood is shed, it is 100% on you and @JayInslee
— #SayIt EllieB 💃 (@SayItEllieB) June 11, 2020
Former president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild and retired Sergeant Ron Smith went on the Jason Rantz show as posted on MyNorthwest.com.
In part, Smith said:
“My take is that it’s unconscionable that they would give it up, and let it burn to the ground like what happened in Minneapolis … so I don’t know what to think.
“It is beyond me that you could let a taxpayer funded building go by the wayside.
“The preservation of life comes first, and then property is second or third down the list, but you’re talking about a police building with critical things inside of it. I cannot imagine if people started taking crowbars trying to pry off the plywood, or started trying to light it on fire that there would not be orders to engage that conduct.
“This has been something that’s been going on for at least four, five, six years where somehow there’s a movement afoot to get rid of law enforcement and somehow come up with a community-based solution to deal with crime that goes on. That’s just not palatable. That’s just not reality.”
Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s previous report on the situation in Seattle.
Seattle protesters set up a “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” Tuesday, following police essentially abandoning the East Precinct.
One speaker, identified as Magik, called out on a megaphone:
“I guess whatever the fuck we’re doing is effective. They are going to move up. They are going to get everybody out of here and we are free to move through these streets and protest and march.”
Monday afternoon, Seattle police and National Guard units pulled back from the precinct after having spent the day filling moving trucks with equipment from the building. A mobile shredding unit was also seen near the department.
There have now been multiple pickups full of police equipment LEAVING the east precinct. Yesterday framed items and boxes were seen leaving. A mobile shredding truck also arrived earlier. #seattleprotest #seattleprotestcomms pic.twitter.com/Y5ALUWDXLo
— matt (@mmitgang) June 8, 2020
Originally the department had set up barriers to protect the precinct and keep rioters from passing the building.
A letter sent to officers from Assistant Chief Tom Mahaffey said:
“The decision has been made to allow demonstrators to march past the East Precinct later today. Your safety and the security of our facilities are my highest priorities. Additional measures are currently underway to enhance our ongoing efforts to insure the security of our East Precinct and provide for the safety of all our officers.
“We will have personnel in place should the need arise to swiftly address acts of violence and/or property destruction.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation and admiration for your continued efforts to protect this City and one another during this extremely challenging time.”
Can confirm visually that SPD has started the process. First time a rented moving truck has been within the secured space. Will monitor items being brought out. #seattleprotest pic.twitter.com/BhMIKIMky5
— Dustin Akers (@DustinAkers) June 8, 2020
It was reported that the precinct would remain staffed.
Mayor Jenny Durkan had said over the weekend that she had received “specific information from the FBI” regarding threats of arson to the East Precinct.
Capitol Hill Seattle reported:
A key policing facility in the central city now stands on even more uncertain ground and a neighborhood locked down for more than a week will no longer have to pass through police checkpoints to access homes and work.
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