Minneapolis Neighborhood Vowed Not to Call Police. Now It’s Overrun by Homeless.
Written by Luis Miguel
A liberal-leaning neighborhood that vowed not to call police in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death is discovering why America needs the thin blue line, as the community now faces the crisis of a 300-strong homeless encampment at a local park.
Residents of the neighborhood around Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park pledged to “check their privilege” and “protect people of color” by not getting police involved in cases of property damage.
Instead, they said they would seek the assistance of the American Indian Movement, founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to deal with issues of poverty and police brutality against American Indians. Residents tapped the group because it apparently has years of experience policing its own communities.
Last week, police gave campers in the park 72 hours to break down their tents and leave. In response, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board passed a resolution not to evict people from any city park and has called for increased funding for longer-term housing for campers, per the Star Tribune.
“We are not going to kick the can down the road, push people out of public spaces when they have nowhere else to go,” Park Board President Jono Cowgill told the Tribune. “This is not a sustainable, dignified solution for folks who are experiencing homelessness right now, and the state needs to step up.”
Now, however, the park has become a meeting ground for drug dealers and addicts. At least one overdose has been reported there, as have cases of prostitution. Moreover, the explosion of homelessness has resulted in a major uptick of traffic.
The same residents who said calling police would be an exercise in “white privilege” say they now have difficulty sleeping at night and fear for their children’s safety. Many have begun avoiding the park altogether.
Carrie Nightshade, a 44-year-old local, told the New York Times she stopped letting her kids play in the park by themselves. “I’m not being judgmental,” she said. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.”
Another resident, Mitchell Erickson, reported feelings of regret after he dialed 911 to report two black teenagers who put a gun to his chest and demanded his car keys just a block away from his home. He mistakenly gave them his house keys instead, after which the frustrated young delinquents ran off to steal another car a few blocks down the road.
“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson told a reporter in a text. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”
He continued: “Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them. I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”
One of Erickson’s neighbors, Joseph Menkevich, who lives in an apartment building a couple blocks from the park, said he found a black man with a hospital bracelet passed out in his building’s elevator. He first called a community activist for help, but he received no answer. He finally decided to call 911.
“It didn’t resolve in a way that I had hoped,” Menkevich said. “All they did was offer to bring him back to the hospital. He refused, so they kicked him out on a rainy night.”
A march is scheduled in Powderhorn Park for Friday in order to demand the arrest of the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 1,300 people are slated to attend.
Black Lives Matter protesters have repeatedly called for defunding and abolishing police. The Minneapolis City Council has already vowed to “dismantle” its police department and replace it with a “community-oriented” public-safety system that relies on unarmed social workers to respond to many of the situations currently handled by police officers.
Other localities across the country are likewise moving to disband their police agencies and take similar measures to reduce police involvement in their communities. For example, school districts such as the Oakland Unified School District in California and Portland Public Schools in Oregon are either dissolving their school police forces or eliminating school resource officer programs.
Judging from the experiences of Minneapolis residents, it seems as though some people are so committed to political correctness that they would rather die at the hands of armed criminals than commit the racist offense of calling the police.
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Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American