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Minneapolis Residents Demand ‘Law and Order,’ Sue City Over Lack of Police Officers

A group of Minneapolis residents has filed a lawsuit against the city arguing there aren’t enough police officers to keep the people safe.

The lawsuit contends that the city is not providing adequate levels of policing as set out in its own charter.

One former council member, Don Samuels, and his wife argued, according to Fox 9 Minneapolis, that “children can’t go outside right now as violent crimes including shootings, carjackings and murders have increased since the death of George Floyd.”

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The council contends that they have maintained the proper level of sworn police officers dictated by the population.

Minneapolis Police Officers Needed to Restore Law and Order

The lawsuit comes roughly three months after the Minneapolis City Council demonized and voted to defund the city’s police department.

Democrat lawmakers made the Minneapolis Police Department out to be the enemy of the people in the wake of the George Floyd riots.

Officers were accused of brutalizing harmless innocents while the department was called a ‘cancer’ that needed to be cut out.

 

“I will never cosign on funding a police department that continues to brutalize us,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said to a cheering mob in June.

“And I will never stop saying not only do we need to disinvest in police, but we need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.”

In July, the council followed Omar’s lead, taking numerous steps to dismantle the department, including an amendment to remove $1 million from their budget and reallocate it toward hiring “violence interrupters.”

Residents argued that their decisions could be costing people their lives.

“This is like all they are focused on is having a reimagined police department while we’re focused on staying alive,” one petitioner stated.

The Familiar Refrain

At a meeting last month to address a surge in violent crimes – which Fox News reports include daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, and shootings – council members noted there had been a precipitous drop in police action.

 

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?'” a confused Jamal Osman, Council Member, asked.

Osman claimed phone calls to the police were going unanswered.

“That is the only public safety option [constituents] have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD,” he said. “And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”

Now, facing a lawsuit, they’re arguing that the staffing meets city requirements.

Samuels contends that city attorneys “told the judge the lawsuit has no standing because none of the plaintiffs have been hit by gunfire.”

“To get standing we need to take a bullet, right? We’ve seen our neighbors take bullets. We know the 20-year-old, we know the six-month-old who’s in the car when her mom gets shot up,” his wife seethed.

One resident echoed a familiar refrain heard from President Trump on the campaign trail.

“We are here because of people’s safety, community activist Cathy Spann said. “We want law and order. We want reform. But we are in this city to say, enough is enough.”

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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5 Comments

  1. The Politicians “held back” the police so they are accomplices and accessories because they ENABLED the thugs so Asset Forfeiture of their personal property to pay damages and then Jail. All other damages to be divided among and paid by the parents of every convicted rioter.
    Every rioter to be barred for life from all Federal Aid and Benefits. EBT cards, loans, etc.
    Where is the concern for the Lives & Businesses destroyed by these street THUGS?
    They have violated their Oath of Office and negated their “governmental immunity”
    If “city government” cannot control sections of the CITY then it is NOT the Government and must step down. You are not “governing” if you cannot control these MOBS.
    Since the government has ceased to provide the services contracted via “The SOCIAL CONTRACT”, taxation, license fee and permits, the private business owners on these out of control areas should continue to collect the taxes from consumers, but stop forwarding to government until they fulfill their contractual agreements.
    This is all under contract law 101.
    The fact that the government has deliberately allowed entire sections of cities to fall into anarchy, rioting and looting shows that all contracts with those government agencies are no longer enforceable.
    Once the cities renege on their contracts, they fall into dishonor and become liable for damages.
    US Constitution Article IV, Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.” How is Washington State guaranteeing a republican form of government? https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-c…-form-of-government

  2. Citizens of Minneapolis and Minnesota done it to themselves here. The sanctuary city business is only part of the problem. All the civil libertarians and everyone else advocating for prisoners’ rights over victims’ rights etc…remember Robocop when he got all reprogrammed? OWN it, libbies. It’s your horse, your mess, your shovel, be about it. Stop whining about The Establishment, and establish clear public support for upholding the law and putting criminals in prison. Or regret inconsistency later when the criminal element burns down City Hall. Trump 2020

  3. You think maybe bringing in over 150,000 low I.Q. types from a third world POS country that belong to the religion of the insane could be the problem… gee, who would have made the connection.

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