Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council, a veto-proof majority, have announced that they intend to eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department. The idea is to replace the police department with a “community-based public safety model,” whatever that is.
Realistically I don’t think they’ll do much of anything beyond handing over a ton of cash to “community organizers” and tying the police force’s hands on lethal force and hiring more minority and female cops. But let’s just imagine what may happen if the police become so angry about all this vilification and decide to stop interfering with the underclass not only in the ‘hood but also everywhere else.
I can just see an enterprising young businessman from the mean streets who notices that Mayor Frey has a pretty nice wardrobe of Armani suits and decides to pay a visit to the mayor’s house to “borrow” them for a while. I imagine that previously the mayor would have had a detail of police whose only job was to provide 24/7 security to hizzoner. I’m guessing that security may become just a wee bit more relaxed after this. And what might be the situation for the nine City Council members who have announced their intention to eliminate the police. Well, I’ve got to tell you, I wouldn’t want to be them after today. The police really are the ones who make life in a big city possible. If you turn them against you, I foresee many, many bad things happening to the people threatening their livelihood. Remember for a minute that there are always a certain number of bad actors on the police force and they’ve just lost their steady gig and they are pretty handy with a gun. Now add in that there isn’t any police force to stop them and they know you were the one who got them fired. It doesn’t sound good.
You know, come to think of it, I really think they should vote on this thing right away. I’d be interested in seeing what happens when the police department has a ninety percent sick week in Minneapolis. It might actually outdo the recent riots for destructive result. And the timing is perfect. The long hot summer and the COVID-19 depression are both right there to make a bad situation into a living hell. When the first wave of teenagers robs its first department store and realize that no one is going to stop them they’re going to get a rush of excitement that may not let up until they’ve looted every store for a mile around. And that’s not even considering how exciting it’s going to get when the young thugs who currently practice the knockout game in their inner-city neighborhoods export it to the better neighborhoods like Fulton. Once the self-righteous citizens of Minneapolis get a real good look at what happens when you tell the underclass that there is no one there to make them stop they’re gonna beg the cops to come back and they’ll pay them double without a thought. Unless you live in a gated community with round the clock armed guards you really don’t want to let the mob have its way.
But let’s see whether it’s all talk or not. It would make for an interesting experiment but not a pretty picture. Let’s call it a teachable moment.