It is the end of summer in 2021, Autumn is firmly here by both meteorological (1 September) and astronomical (23 September) dates. Over a year ago Minneapolis councilperson Steve Fletcher, on the 2nd of June, 2020, wrote the following on Twitter.
Bob Kroll’s letter yesterday to the Minneapolis Police Federation membership showed us what rank-and-file officers voted for in their leadership, and it is yet another sign that the department is irredeemably beyond reform.
In all fairness to Councilperson Steve, he’s been adversarial to the police for years prior to the George Floyd excuse to go after President Trump by the Radical Left and Mainstream Media. However, Councilperson Steve went even further and penned an opinion piece for TIME titled: “I’m a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here’s What Could Come Next” https://web.archive.org/web/20200605144644/https://time.com/5848705/disband-and-replace-minneapolis-police/ The following quote is from that opinion piece.
Every member of the Minneapolis City Council has now expressed the need for dramatic structural change. I am one of many on the Council, including the Council President and the Chair of Public Safety, who are publicly supporting the call to disband our police department and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.
We had already pushed for pilot programs to dispatch county mental health professionals to mental health calls, and fire department EMTs to opioid overdose calls, without police officers. We have similarly experimented with unarmed, community-oriented street teams on weekend nights downtown to focus on de-escalation. We could similarly turn traffic enforcement over to cameras and, potentially, our parking enforcement staff, rather than our police department.
The question now becomes, how well has Councilperson Steve done in achieving his desired endstate? He intended to disband the police and replace them with other services like mental health, “violence disruptors” and have police pull away from traffic enforcement. And somehow, all of that was supposed to make things better.
Except the police did exactly what Councilperson Steve wanted, and things got worse.
In the interim, an examination by Reuters found, Minneapolis’ police officers imposed abrupt changes of their own, adopting what amounts to a hands-off approach to everyday lawbreaking in a city where killings have surged to a level not seen in decades.https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/after-floyds-killing-minneapolis-police-retreated-data-shows-2021-09-13/
Almost immediately after Floyd’s death, Reuters found, police officers all but stopped making traffic stops. They approached fewer people they considered suspicious and noticed fewer people who were intoxicated, fighting or involved with drugs, records show.
Remember how Councilperson Steve wanted the police to not have to deal with “traffic enforcement”? How he wanted people other than the police to respond? Well wish granted. Except Councilperson Steve thinks that the police are maliciously not doing their jobs.
“Is it better to pull that out from under us? To show us what we’ll miss without them?” he asked. “No.”
Well Councilperson Steve Fletcher, fuck you. You cannot have it both ways in reality, you can only lie to have it both ways while spinning the fairy tales that begin with “If elected I promise to….”
Steve Fletcher wanted to disband a police force that was “irredeemable” and replace it with other stuff. So far the police force has pull back, officers voting with their feet and actions to let the City of Minneapolis have the conditions they wanted.
“What we’re trying to change is how we answer 911,” Fletcher told CBSN’s Elaine Quijano. “So many of the calls that we currently send police officers with guns would actually be better served by mental health professionals, by social workers, by outreach workers, by conflict resolution specialists.”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/minneapolis-defund-police-councilman-steve-fletcher/
Do you remember that laundry list of changed Councilperson Steve Fletcher desired to see? He got his wish:
And there’s already quite a list of things that the city is trying out. For instance, it’s now having people report property crimes to 311 instead of 911, which leaves the police out of the loop. There’s a plan for a new 24-hour mental health response system, again to avoid sending out cops. The city has also moved its long-standing crime prevention program out of the police department. And finally, probably the most visible of the new efforts, there’s the violence interrupters.https://www.npr.org/2021/07/24/1020088176/minneapolis-polices-staff-shortage-could-pave-the-way-for-the-future-of-policing
The City of Minneapolis is even paying “violence disruptors” thirty dollars an hour to walk “trouble areas” during “trouble hours” and “disrupt violence.”
And the result of all these reforms? Giving Councilperson Steve Fletcher absolutely EVERYTHING HE WANTED?
Minneapolis’ bloody summer puts city on pace for most violent year in a generationhttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/minneapolis-bloody-summer-puts-city-on-pace-for-most-violent-year-in-a-generation/
Clearly Councilman Steve Fletcher’s wish list isn’t working. The entire “avoid sending out cops” idea is failing. Now, obviously it isn’t all his fault of course. Violence is up across Minnesota as a whole, but Minneapolis is over half of all state murders, so his policies do have a disparate impact.
Assaults against on-duty officers rose 62 percent to a record 667.https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/07/27/violent-crime-surges-across-minnesota-with-record-murders
Crime rates were generally much higher for the state’s eight designated metropolitan areas than for rural Minnesota. They were 10 times higher for murders and motor vehicle thefts and 14 times higher for robberies.
Statistically, 667 assaults against on duty officers across the state of Minnesota makes on duty assault a “very rare occurrence.” However, I cannot find good data as to the actual distribution of on duty assaults, but my assumption is that it is higher in the urban areas than rural areas. If my assumption is correct, then the police officers on patrol in Minneapolis had nearly a 50% chance of being assaulted on duty this year, which may explain their reluctance to stop suspicious cars or people.
Councilperson Steve Fletcher, be proud. You’ve done to Minneapolis what Democrats and Leftists have done to every other city they’ve taken over, you’ve upheld the standard for Leftists governance practices, caring more about ideology than outcomes, and blaming the police for doing exactly what you wanted when your outcomes didn’t come up. It’s just like any given communist, there’s always another capitalist to get rid of to build that utopia.
Don’t worry Seattle, no need to fret Austin, I’m sure all of these policies will magically work when you implement them. The only way forward for a Leftists is to forget the lessons of the past, otherwise they wouldn’t be Leftists.