Sheriff absolutely shreds the leftist agenda, crime in Minneapolis and the ‘defund the police’ movement

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN- During a June 10th interview with Minneapolis news outlet, WCCO-AM, Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson discussed the policing crisis currently plaguing the city. 

Since the death of George Floyd last May, anti-policing madness has taken hold of the mainstream American left and cities all over the nation are defunding their police departments. When speaking about Minneapolis, Hutchinson said:

“They’re facing a crisis that nobody wants to talk about. There’s not enough cops to properly police Minneapolis at this point.”

Hutchinson maintained that while the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is doing what they can to help out Minneapolis police, the problem of there being a shortage of people entering the law enforcement profession is a nationwide issue. He said:

“We need people and again, I think the pendulum will shift a little bit when this crime is even more out of control and we realize that, without proper policing and sheriff’s office deputies and other public safety, you know, we can’t. It is going to start affecting how we go to dinner, how we go to the Twins games, etc.”

He added:

“We need public support now more than ever. We realize we’re not perfect, we make mistakes, but if we want a better police we have to train them better, hire better candidates, and right now it is tough to hire the best candidates when there’s half the people applying that they used to apply.”

Hutchinson said:

“We’re in a time, we’re in a transition here that we need public support. We need people to apply for these jobs and we’ll get back there.”

The truth about the crime in Minneapolis is not difficult to understand. The more city officials gut the police force, the more prevalent violent crime is going to become. In the year since Floyd’s death, the city council has implemented various policies that have made it nearly impossible for the Minneapolis Police Department to do their jobs. 

For example, on April 16th, the city council passed a resolution banning methods of crowd control such as tear gas, rubber bullets, and pepper spray. On December 10th, 2020, the city council also passed a budget that cut $8 million from the department’s budget.

In an even more terrifying scenario, some members of the city council are seeking to get a proposal to abolish the city’s police department altogether on the ballot for November.

All of these decisions have been followed by a rapid skyrocketing of violent crime in Minneapolis, which has now led to the city council begging for police to stop the crime wave. It seems that since this is a problem plaguing the entire country, crime is going to have to continue to get worse before it gets better. 

According to reports, in 1995, by June there were 42 homicides in Minneapolis. By the end of June 1995, there had been 51 and a record-setting 97 by the end of the year. Currently, Minneapolis is not far behind that pace, with 34 homicides by the end of May 2021, an increase of 89 percent year-to-year.

Robberies are up 32 precent and total violent crimes are up 14 percent year-to-year. Gun violence is playing a big role with a total of 187 shootings so far this year. MPD reported 405 carjackings in 2020, a rise of 301 precent over 2019.

So far in 2021, there have been 95 carjackings, an increase of 53 percent from the same time in 2020. 

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Judge hands down light sentence to BLM activist who set Minneapolis precinct on fire: ‘He’s a good person’

June 10th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – According to reports, a U.S. District Judge has sentenced the last of four men who pleaded guilty to torching the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct during summer 2020.

In court on Monday morning, June 7th, Judge Patrick Schiltz sentenced 27-year-old Bryce Michael Williams to two years and three months in federal prison and ordered him to help pay $12 million in restitution for the damage.

Judge Schiltz described the defendant as a “good person who made a terrible mistake.” While the judge handed down a lighter sentence than prosecutors had requested under state guidelines, he denied Williams’ request for probation, citing that the defendant was a leader, “not a follower,” in the attack on the precinct.

On May 28th, 2020, a crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered outside the precinct, chanting “burn it down!” Dozens of people worked together to tear down a fence that was surrounding the building, intended to keep trespassers out of the precinct. 

According to Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folks, that is when Williams and three other men, since identified as 25-year-old Davon De-Andre Turner, 23-year-old Michael Wolfe, and Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, lit and threw Molotov cocktails at the building, causing “near total destruction” of the building. 

Williams posted videos of himself and others rioting. His TikTok account grew fast and soon had more than 150,00 followers.  All four men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and Williams was the last to be sentenced.

Folks said in a statement:

“Mr. Williams and his co-defendants have been held accountable for their dangerous and destructive actions. I thank our federal, state, and local partners who pursued justice in these cases.”

Turner was sentenced to three years in prison. Robinson received four years, and Wolf got three years and five months.

Additionally, each must help pay restitution. In addition to prison time, Williams, a former college basketball player, will have to pay $12 million in restitution and will be subject to two years post supervision release. 

Williams reportedly described himself as a biracial man who grew up in the mostly white suburbs of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. He was the first college graduate in his family and he went to a university on a basketball scholarship.

In court, he said that he was ashamed of his behavior during the riot and that he won’t forget “the pain and agony” he helped facilitate. Reportedly, since being charged, he said he has had steady employment in security work.

He added that he has stopped drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, stating that he has been focused on his faith and being a good father.

He asked the judge:

“Please have mercy on me while you sentence me.”

A Minneapolis police officer who left the force following the riots after 37 years as an officer told the court that she sent photos of herself to her family before and after every shift to tell them she was OK. 

The former officer said that “almost 300” other officers have left the force since the riots.

She added:

“There’s so much we lost that was more than bricks and mortar.”

Judge Schiltz said that William had “done everything right” since his arrest and that he was the first to plead guilty out of the four men. The judge added that it was “easy to understand” why the death of George Floyd affected Williams, but that time in prison is warranted because of Williams’ role in the riot.

Williams must surrender to go to prison by July 13th. 

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It begins: Owners of restaurant suing Minneapolis over failed response to riots – ‘They destroyed our lives’

February 11th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A lawsuit was recently filed against the city of Minneapolis and the mayor by a couple of restaurant owners who say their business was vandalized and ultimately burned to the ground during the riots that occurred during the summer of 2020.

The rationale behind the lawsuit alleges that the city and officials failed in their response to contain and quell the riots within Minneapolis.

On February 8th, restaurant owners Kacey White and Charles Stotts filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court alleging that both Mayor Jacob Frey and the city of Minneapolis failed to properly respond to the riots from May 27th and 28th in 2020 – which resulted in the Town Talk Diner & Gastropub burning to the ground.

The now permanently closed restaurant had first opened the doors back in 1946 and remained settled in it’s original location until it was reduced to charred rubble in May of 2020.

According to the lawsuit filed:

“Mayor Frey and the City failed to react to the seriousness of the riots and danger to Minnesotans and they failed to comply with policies to confront and stop the rioters. As a result of Mayor Frey and the City’s failed leadership, Kacey and Charles suffered damages in excess of $4,500,000.00.”

The lawsuit further alleges that Mayor Frey’s decision to have the Third Precinct evacuated essentially left locals and business owners to fend for themselves during the riots that ensued:

“[Mayor Frey] made the decision to evacuate the Third Precinct, removing police officers from the neighborhood, and leaving the citizens of Lake Street to defend themselves and their property.”

City Attorney Jim Rowader has already launched arguments against the filed lawsuit, proclaiming that Mayor Frey had requested support from the National Guard following the police chief’s recommendation, “and as soon as there was any discernible risk of civil unrest and damage to neighborhoods and businesses.”

Rowader further claimed in his pushback against the filed suit that the Minneapolis Police Department had also requested “additional support” during the same evening that Mayor Frey requested assistance from the National Guard:

“The City has provided plaintiffs with these documents, and we are hopeful that they will amend their complaint given this clear and documented evidence.”

Lawsuits aimed at cities and elected officials in the wake of riots that plagued 2020 is nothing new, and they’ve been occurring in cities that were the most hard hit during the riotous year.

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Back in October, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on how a jewelry store owner in Portland, Oregon, is filing suit against the city due to an alleged failed response to keep rioters from looting and destroying their business. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PORTLAND, OR – Much like business people elsewhere in the country, a Portland jeweler is still reeling from the May 29 riots and looting.

While those who watched newscasts of businesses being destroyed and looted in May might have since forgotten the immediate shock of that chaos, a local jewelry store has yet to recover from the millions of dollars it lost to theft and damage.

Portland was among a handful of cities that erupted in violence after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Now the owners of the jewelry store are suing the city of Portland for those losses.

The Kassab Jewelers location at 529 SW Broadway in Portland is still closed following the destruction and looting to which the business was subjected on May 29.

According to one of the owners of the jewelry store, Rana Kassab, they feel that Portland officials should have noted the rioting in other cities and been better prepared to combat the looting and rioting in their own city that evening.

Kassab is especially distraught at seeing downtown Portland’s ransacked business district:

“It’s really heartbreaking to see all that beauty and hardship destroyed.”

Kassab explained what she witnessed during the riots, with police visible but doing almost nothing to rein in the rampant crime that night:

“Police were either right outside our door . . . for six minutes police were parked on Alder and Broadway . . . and many SWAT teams and SWAT cars and what not were going up and down Broadway and no one just stopped in to check on our location.”

More than 100 rioters entered the broken-into jewelry store to loot it while the chaos was unfolding throughout the city. Despite calling 911 several times during the violent evening, Kassab says, there was no response other than being told that help was en route. 

As a result, the Kassab family is seeking compensation for the damage done to their business that night. In the lawsuit, the Kassabs say looters stole more than $1.5 million worth of merchandise and generated $500,000 in damage and other losses.

In addition, the Kassabs maintain they have lost an estimated $200,000 since being unable to do business. 

Kassab said that the city needs to be held responsible:

“Things that insurance does not cover and we feel we should not have to come out of pocket for.”

What’s even more sad is that she isn’t sure the store will ever reopen. Kassab said:

“Who knows if we’re ever even going to open back up.”

Portland city officials have not yet commented on the pending lawsuit.

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