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Sun Jun 28 4:29 pm  #1

Mpls votes to disband police dpmt - what BRILLIANCE comes next?


"Mayor Jacob Frey opposes the amendment. He may be a cowardly wretch, but he apparently isn’t stupid.

Frey expressed concerns about the proposed amendment as currently drafted, including whether the change would eliminate police altogether or allow for a police presence going forward. He also said that when something currently goes wrong, the chief and the mayor are accountable — but under the new plan, accountability would be dispersed among 14 people. Frey also questioned whether policing practices would vary, based on ward or other factors.

 With 14 people accountable for the actions of the police department, no one will be accountable.That’s the first rule of bureaucracy. Create so many layers that no one can be blamed if things go south. It was very effective in Communist countries back in the ’50s and ’60s and it should work just as well in Minneapolis.Activists aren’t satisfied, of course.

Miski Noor, an organizer with Black Visions, criticized the proposed amendment for creating a division of licensed peace officers at all. She said it “would give current and former police way too much power to shape public safety in Minneapolis.”

What happens if someone calls 911?

Fletcher said under the new agency when someone calls 911, there will always be a response that’s appropriate, including the option for a response by employees authorized to use force. But he said the vast majority of calls that police officers currently take will be answered by employees with different expertise.

Ask any police officer about innocent-sounding 911 calls that turn into a dangerous situation. Instead of sending armed policemen, they’re going to send an unarmed social worker.  But it will be alright. It won’t happen that often and when it does, well, the social worker can call the conflict resolution employee. If the guy with the gun holds off on shooting the social worker long enough, but the conflict resolution employee can’t defuse the situation, they can all just go home and pretend it didn’t happen."

Just like they do everything now.  Sweep it under the rug and pretend it doesn't happen.  No wonder they figure they can get by without police protection. 

Ha.  We'll see how long THAT lasts.

Frey has already asked for personal protection at his home, costing the taxpayers about $4,500 per day.

A government which robs Peter to
pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

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