Minneapolis Vows to “Dismantle” Police, Replace With Social Workers
Written by Luis Miguel
As protests, riots, and vandalism continue across America in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer, members of the Minneapolis City Council are promising to “dismantle” the police department and “replace” it with a “transformative” new model of law enforcement altogether.
“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” tweeted councilmember Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
He added: “And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.”
City Council President Lisa Bender seconded Ellison’s calls to eliminate the department.
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://twitter.com/jeremiah4north/status/1268598536234508288 …Jeremiah Ellison@jeremiah4north
We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.
And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together.
We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.
It’s really past due. https://twitter.com/benjaminpdixon/status/1268538772532219909 …
What such a replacement would look like is not entirely clear, but Bender told the Star Tribune that she would like to scrap the idea of a police department in favor of a broader public safety department focused on violence prevention and community services.
Under such a system, social workers and medics would take over some of the responsibilities now being handled by police.
In a Time magazine op-ed, fellow councilmember Steve Fletcher likewise laid the groundwork for a police force replacement that emphasizes social work over policing.
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. What I hear from most of my constituents is that they want to make sure we provide for public safety, and they have learned their whole lives to equate “safety” with “police,” but are now concluding that need not be the case.
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.
Social workers. EMTs. Unarmed “community-oriented” street teams. These are the people who would be dispatched to deal with 911 calls. There are many problems with this proposal. One is that these individuals, as honorable and well-intentioned as they may be, are not police and would thus not have the authority to make arrests — allowing delinquents to walk off without consequences for a host of potential crimes.
Second, because these responders would be unarmed and without training for dealing with violent offenders, they would be ill-prepared to deal with dangerous and potentially armed criminals, placing them and the citizens who called for help in jeopardy.
Bender said that reforms of this type would not be immediate, but would be discussed later this year or next. Besides requiring passage by the city council, such changes would also require approval from a judge. “To do this kind of big work, we need a deeper, broader conversation than we’ve ever had before,” she stated. “We need white people like me and my neighbors to show up in a different way.”
In the present, the Minneapolis City Council moved to ban chokeholds and neck restraints on Friday, in an agreement endorsed by Mayor Jacob Frey that also seeks to impose greater restrictions on the use of crowd-control weapons. “We can quite literally lead the way in our nation enacting more police reform than any other city in the entire country and we cannot fail,” said Frey, though he does not favor replacing the police department.
In another strike at the Minneapolis Police Department, the city’s school district cut ties with school resource officers, leaving Minneapolis campuses without law-enforcement protection. Portland Public Schools followed suit, as did other school districts around the country. St. Paul, Minnesota, and Denver, Colorado, are considering doing the same.
Eliminating local police forces will only exacerbate the lawlessness currently being fomented by the political Left and media’s promotion of looting, rioting, arsenal, and cop-killing under the guise of “social justice protests.”
But the creation of chaos is the plan, after all, and always has been the plan of those who seek to create revolutionary social and political change. When things get bad enough, people are willing to accept authoritarianism to bring the chaos to an end — and who’s better positioned to end the chaos than those who created it in the first place?
Once the populace has had enough of George Soros-paid Antifa and Black Lives Matter legionaires running the streets, they will turn to the only power they believe is strong enough to reinstate order — the federal government in the form of a nationalized police force.
Revolutionaries backed by the Deep State would control such a national police organization and use it as the perfect instrument to compel the American people to live by totalitarian policies that would never be enforced by local law-enforcement agencies under normal circumstances.
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” With decades of experience under its belt, the Deep State certainly won’t let this latest one go to waste, especially as it is one of its own creation.
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