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As Homicides Soar, Minneapolis City Council Members Now Say ‘Defund the Police’ Was Never Their ‘Framework’

A pair of Minneapolis City Council members are claiming “defund the police” was never part of their planned “framework,” just days after a vote to slash nearly $8 million from the department’s budget while homicide rates have soared in the city.

In an interview with KSTP Eyewitness News, Steve Fletcher and Phillipe Cunningham both concurred that the plan was never about defunding the police and implied the department was simply a casualty of unavoidable budgeting issues.

“‘Defund’ is not the framework the council has ever chosen,” Fletcher claimed.

Cunningham, according to the network, “audibly agreed.”

 

Fletcher continued, “If we’re going to look at how we fund different programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department.”

Last week, the Minneapolis City Council voted to “redirect” $7.77 million from the police department and toward other programs.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frye (D) said he would veto the proposed budget if any police officer positions were cut.

 

Minneapolis City Council Defunds the Police

It is rather difficult to take Fletcher and Cunningham seriously when they suggest the plan was never about defunding the police, especially when the Council is notably on record as supporting such efforts.

Over the summer, the council took numerous steps to dismantle the department, including an amendment to remove $1 million from their budget and reallocate it toward hiring “violence interrupters.”

They announced their intentions in June, according to the Guardian, when “a veto-proof majority of council members declared their intent to ‘dismantle’ and ‘abolish’ the embattled police agency.”

As for Fletcher and Cunningham, the Daily Mail reports that they “appeared with seven colleagues on a stage bearing a huge sign reading ‘Defund Police’ during a protest in Powderhorn Park.”

 

While these two council members play semantics on their phrasing of reallocating funds as opposed to defunding, the city suffers.

Compared to last year, according to Minneapolis Police Department data, murders are up 90 percent so far in the city.

Just two months after voting to defund the police, other Minneapolis City Council members were dismayed over a surge in violent crimes – which Fox News reports include daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, and shootings.

 

The Framework For Georgia Senate Candidates

The Minneapolis City Council’s efforts to defund the police should serve as a cautionary tale for voters heading to the polls in January for the Georgia Senate runoffs.

Both Democrat candidates – Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have expressed disdain for the police and would likely help a Democrat-controlled Senate push President-elect Joe Biden to defund them.

Ossoff has already called for placing funding for certain police departments “on the line.”

“You have to have national standards for the use of force, and yeah, you’ve got to be able to hold individual officers and entire departments accountable, and there also has to be funding for those departments on the line,” he said during an interview in June.

 

Warnock, meanwhile, has referred to police officers as gangsters, thugs, and bullies.

 

For his part, Biden has made it clear to his fellow Democrats that defunding the police is a political loser.

It’s not that he doesn’t necessarily support the idea, it’s just that he thinks candidates need to hide their anti-law enforcement views from the American people until after the Georgia runoffs.

“I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur,” Biden said in leaked audio with several prominent civil rights leaders.

 

Biden told the civil rights leaders “to think about how much do we push between now and January 5th,” the date of the Georgia runoffs, regarding police reform, but still promised a “full-blown commission” to examine the matter.

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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