Minneapolis to Spend Over $6 Million to Recruit Cops After They Admit the Defund the Police Movement Doesn’t Work
Remember when Minneapolis voted to defund the police after the George Floyd riots? The backlash led to 200 police officers leaving the force, forcing the city to unanimously approve $6.4 million to recruit new officers.
The Star Tribune has reported, “In the months since then, some residents have begged city leaders to hire additional officers, saying they’re waiting longer for responses to emergency calls amid a dramatic uptick in violent crime.” The situation has led to a need to increase funding toward new police hires rather than replacing law enforcement with public safety officers.
The news was noted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as well. He tweeted, “Looks like defunding police didn’t go well in Minneapolis. Now they’re spending $6.4M to recruit more police officers. It won’t go well in Texas either. That’s why I want legislation preventing cities from defunding police.”
Governor Abbott is absolutely right. A look at Minneapolis crime in 2020 shows 532 gunshot victims, more than double over the previous year. Carjacking cases soared to 331 percent over the previous year, while violent crimes topped 5,100, compared to just over 4,000 for the same period in 2019, according to city statistics.
Yet some in Minneapolis continue to push dismantling the city’s police force. The Yes 4 movement, led by the Open Society Policy Center, the liberal activist group started by George Soros, seeks to reach 20,000 signatures by March 31 to transition to a Department of Public Safety and “peace officers” instead of traditional law enforcement.
The City Council is already under scrutiny for approving the removal of $8 million from the city’s police force amidst spiking crime levels. But there won’t be much overall progress after approving the $6.4 million needed for new officers, gaining only $1.6 million in overall savings.
Minneapolis residents had previous started patrolling their own neighborhoods following the violent aftermath of George Floyd’s death in 2020. Dismantling the police force as proposed in earlier legislation proved devastating for the city, leaving residents without assistance in the wake of soaring crime.
And why is it that the cities seeking to defund police are some of the same places violent protests continue to break out? From Portland and Seattle to the streets of Minneapolis, these criminal activities reveal the need for increased law enforcement, not less.
A look at the nation’s capital reveals the nonsense notion of defunding police—or the military. At the January 6 U.S. Capitol building riot, the need was for more police protection. Why? Elected officials needed an emergency response.
Following the riot, 25,000 National Guard troops were mobilized to secure Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration. Again, the nation’s leaders felt the need for safety, something that requires funding law enforcement and military personnel, not defunding them.
Even President Biden has admitted the defunding the police movement is responsible for some Democrat political losses, as most of the American public, regardless of political party, oppose it. And as Minneapolis has noticed, defunding the police doesn’t work in the long run. Instead, they have ended up once again approving most of the budget they’ve defunded to rebuild their weakened police force.