But they learned that they did not have the authority to do so without a ballot measure.
The question as to whether to defund the agency or not was posed to voters this year, and almost 60 percent of those voters called for keeping the agency as-is.
QUESTION 2 FAILS: Minneapolis voters have rejected a ballot question to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new department of public safety: https://t.co/IJVjbjDTY8 pic.twitter.com/TWI6JZrboi
— FOX 9 (@FOX9) November 3, 2021
The voters were asked whether or not the police department should remain the same or be reimagined in what was referred to as question two on the ballot.
The specific question that was posed was if the city charter, which mandates a police department, should be changed and replaced with what was termed as a Department of Public Safety.
If the proposal would have passed, the Minneapolis Police Department would have ceased to exist. There would have been no requirements for the city to provide a certain number of police officers based upon the city’s population. The proposal stated:
“The Department of Public Safety is responsible for integrating its public safety functions into a comprehensive public health approach to safety, including licensed peace officers if necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the department.
“Commissioner of Public Safety Department. (a) The Mayor nominates and the City Council appoints a commissioner of the department of public safety.”
— Crooked Media (@crookedmedia) November 4, 2021
One of the groups that were pushing the measure, Yes 4 Minneapolis, in their push for voters to pass the now failed proposal, claimed that this measure would not abolish the police force in the city. Per their website:
“[Abolishing] has been a lie perpetuated by the handful of very wealthy and powerful people who want to keep the Police Federation stronghold on the city through the city charter…
— Eric Chaloux (@EricChalouxKSTP) November 3, 2021
“The people of Minneapolis agree that there are certain situations where it is necessary for a well-trained and disciplined police officer to respond to a situation…We also know that the majority of situations where people need help, a police officer is not the appropriate response.”
While the supporters of the bill are disappointed that their measure did not pass, they may believe it is because of what they claim are lies that this measure would have led to the abolishing of the police force.
One of the supporters, JaNae Bates, said they would push forward to find a way to transform the police department. She said alleges that the agency has a well-documented history that includes corruption and murder.
Because of this, Bates said:
“Maintaining the status quo by voting no means that we’ll continue to have a city that will devolve.”
Those who were against the measure, like Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Senator Tina Smith, and Democratic Governor Tim Walz all were against it. When the measure failed, Minnesota State Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller said:
“Defunding the police was never a good idea, and I’m happy the residents of Minneapolis have made it clear they are not on board with the anti-police rhetoric.
A professional, trained, and properly staffed police force is crucial in keeping communities safe. Law enforcement is an increasingly challenging profession, and I’m grateful for the men and women who serve and protect our communities.”
Bill Rodriguez, the co-founder for Operation Safety Now, also was concerned about the changes proposed regarding the police force. Rodriguez was thankful the measure failed and said:
“Tonight is a victory for sanity and common sense in Minneapolis. Of course, there’s work to do on how we approach public safety, but the notion that we can do it without police, or with a skeleton crew of officers, is fantasy.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Tuesday, October 26th, the Pew Research Center released a new poll that revealed that Americans’ opinions on defunding the police have changed drastically since 2020.
The share of adults who say spending on policing in their area should be increased now stands at 47 percent, up rom 31 percent in June 2020.
That data includes 21 percent who say funding for their local police should be increased a lot, up from 11 percent who said the same thing during summer 2020.
The poll also reported that support for defunding the police has fallen significantly with 15 percent of adults now saying spending should be decreased, down from 25 percent in 2020. Additionally, only 6 percent now advocate decreasing spending a lot, down from 12 percent who said the same in 2020.
At the same time, 37 percent of adults now say spending on police should stay about the same, down from 42 percent in 2020.
The survey found that black Americans and Democrats have changed their opinion on reducing police spending for local law enforcement more than white, Hispanic, or Republican adults.
According to the survey, the share of black people polled who advocate decreasing police spending in their communities dropped 19 percentage points, from 42 percent to 23 percent between June 2020 and September 2021.
Pew Research said that number included a 13-point drop in the share who said funding should be decreased a lot, from 22 percent in 2020 to nine percent in 2021. According to reports, the poll showed that the most notable drops in support were among black adults and people age 18 to 49.
Both of those demographics had plurality support when Pew asked the same question in June 2020 about police funding.
The survey also showed the share of Democrats who think local police funding should be decreased dropped similarly from 41 percent in June of 2020 to 25 percent now.
The survey showed that black and Hispanic Democrats were more likely than white Democrats to advocate for increased spending on police in their area.
The Pew poll showed 38 percent of black Democrats surveyed and 39 percent of Hispanic Democrats polled wanted to actually increase spending on their local police. However, only 32 percent of white Democrats wanted to see an increase in spending on police in their area.
Pew said there was no significant difference in race or the ethnicities of those who advocated for decreased spending on police. Sixty-four percent of white Republicans and 53 percent of Hispanic Republicans support increasing spending on local police.
Pew Research Center said its poll showed that the age gap in views on police funding has widened in the past year, mainly because “views have shifted more dramatically among those ages 50 and older.”
The share of adults 50 and older who want to increase police spending has jumped 22 percentage points, from 37 percent to 59 percent, since June 2020. However, the share of adults under 50 who want to increase police spending only increased by 10 percent, from 26 percent to 36 percent.
The research indicated that there is a drop in support for defunding police in both age groups. The survey results said:
“Both age groups have see a drop-off in support for reduced spending on local police. These age patterns are similar among white and black adults, as well as across parties.”
Pew’s latest research found:
“Americans’ changing attitudes about police spending in their area have occurred amid rising public concern about violent crime.”
Sixty-one percent of adults said violent crime was a “very big problem in the country today” in July, up from 58 percent in April 2020. In June 2020, only 41 percent of adults said crime was a “very big problem.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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