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Once again, the DFL-filled Minneapolis City Council, aka MCC, voted to increase crime in Minneapolis. “The Minneapolis City Council voted to move an additional $7.7 million out of the Minneapolis Police Department early Thursday morning, but backed down from a plan to reduce the number of officers.”

This guarantees that more crimes will be committed in Minneapolis. This stunt of not reducing the number of officers while cutting their budget isn’t fooling the people. Carjackings, which are up 537%, will continue being a problem because the police force is stretched too thin.

Council President Lisa Bender said “Our city’s workforce has adapted to an incredible challenge this year of working remotely and completely shifting the way we’re working as a community, while facing a pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, the destruction of the Third Precinct, and so much of our community’s commercial corridors.”

Bob Kroll, the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis responded, saying “The City Council is decimating the police department. The number of working officers is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. Murders, shootings, and other violent crimes are approaching record levels. Our officers are severely overworked, understaffed, and cannot keep the public safe with these cuts.” Shepard Smith, now with CNBC, characterized the cuts this way:

Smith opened by saying “Today, some reforms.” Tell that to the victims of carjackings, shootings and rapes. With fewer officers to protect them, fewer shoppers will visit Minneapolis, hurting the few businesses left downtown. Despite the rising crime, the DFL City Council won’t learn from their mistakes:

Jeremiah Ellison, the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, said the council will revisit the charter change next year. “This is NOT the last chance we will have to dramatically rethink public safety in our city,” said Ellison. “We will quickly be in 2021 budget discussions, we will continue to ramp up community engagement on the future of public safety, and we will revisit the charter change for the 2021 ballot.”

The results are predictable. People will leave Minneapolis at a faster pace. Businesses will close, then move to the suburbs where sane-thinking people still live. The poorest people will be trapped.

This isn’t compassion. It’s cruelty masquerading as compassion. The MCC should be fired the next time they’re up for election and replaced with clear-thinking adults this time.

The idiots in charge of the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County apparently want to incentivize crime in their jurisdictions. That’s apparent because “Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that bail amounts will no longer be required for those charged with 19 different felony-level crimes after Jan. 1. Some of the crimes covered under the bail change include auto theft, identity theft and thefts valued under $35,000.” Last week, HotAir’s Ed Morrissey wrote this article about carjackings.

In the article, Morrissey wrote “Ho hum, just another couple of months in the reduced-policing utopia known as Minneapolis. With fewer police on the street, that must mean that residents in the city that made ‘abolish the police’ official policy must be enjoying a more peaceful and free life, right?” Then he cited this Star Tribune article, writing “Well, some are — and the rest are paying for it:”

Over the past two months, Minneapolis police have logged more than 125 carjackings in the city, a troubling surge that authorities had largely linked to small groups of marauding teens. But an increasing number of adults have been arrested in recent weeks for the same crime.

Within a one-hour period Saturday morning, police reported three separate carjackings in southeast Minneapolis, including one where an elderly woman was struck on the head. Such attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November.

“The numbers are staggering,” said police spokesman John Elder. “It defies all civility and any shred of common human decency.”

That happened before getting rid of bail. Is Hennepin County trying to eliminate carjackings or increase carjackings? This isn’t just happening in poor neighborhoods:

The violence is beginning to meander to more wealthy neighborhoods, as the violent criminals have had time and resources to organize and look for more lucrative targets.

This video is frightening:

The implications from this interview are frightening. It’s apparent that this isn’t the work of punks who don’t fear the police. It’s the work of gangs working a system.

In Minneapolis, police funding has been cut. The Council wants to cut it more. That means few carjackers will get caught. Now, the ones who get caught will be released virtually immediately.

Minneapolis can’t afford to make its US Bank Stadium payment:

A state representative from Minneapolis says his city can’t afford to make its $17 million payment for the Vikings stadium so he wants Greater Minnesota to do it. The construction of Minneapolis’ $1.1 billion stadium was a hotly contested issue around 2013, when construction began. Opponents of the project said it’s not fair for rural Minnesota taxpayers to be saddled with the burden of financing a Minneapolis-based project, and that the price didn’t justify the potential benefit anyway. Proponents of the stadium said that the distribution of payments split between the city of Minneapolis, the Vikings organization and the state was fair.

Ultimately, U.S. Bank Stadium was built and opened in 2016. Prior to construction, Minneapolis had to cover just 13% of the stadium’s cost, pitching in $150 million over an extended period of time.

Minneapolis is one of the most mismanaged cities in the Midwest. The City Council tried dismantling the city’s police department without a plan for replacing the MPD. During the George Floyd riots, Gov. Walz and Mayor Frey let rioters trash the city and destroy the city. Back then, the Third Precinct Police Station was “just brick and mortar.” Now Minneapolis can’t pay its obligations. Nobody is surprised.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also said he’d be open to state support. Noor and his allies believe that it’s fair to force Greater Minnesota taxpayers to pick up the tab for Minneapolis’ portion of the stadium bill because the stadium technically belongs to all Minnesotans, according to the Star Tribune. However, many disagree on this point.

“The stadium clearly doesn’t belong to all Minnesotans. It doesn’t even belong to Minneapolis residents. It’s not like anyone can just pop over there and poke around,” remarked Isaac Orr, a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment.

Minneapolis wants rural Minnesota to pay for the riot damage, too. Minneapolis gets the most money in LGA payments, too. Despite those things, property taxes still keep rising while the Minneapolis City Council tries dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department, aka MPD, while car-jackings are up 537% for some inexplicable reason.

Apparently, Ilhan Omar still hates Minneapolis police. While violent crime spikes in Minneapolis, Omar defends the idiots on the Minneapolis City Council who want to strip $7,900,000 from the police budget and transfer that money “to fund 24/7 mental health response, violence prevention and civilian oversight.”

Rep. Omar “gave a shout out to city council members Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham, and Steve Fletcher, who authored the policy. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the proposal would transfer about 5% of the police budget to a mental health crisis team and violence prevention, among other things.” To his credit, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stood up to the activist wing of the DFL, saying “this notion that in order to have a more comprehensive public safety strategy you have to do away with one critical element, which is police, is wrong.”

“This is literally a life and death matter right now and we need to get it right,” he said. In June, the City Council cut the police budget by about $14 million.

Bender has announced that she won’t run for re-election. Cunningham and Fletcher are probably safe except for a challenge from the even nutter wing of the DFL, which is definitely possible considering the fact that the even nutter wing of the DFL defeated far-left Sen. Jeffrey Hayden this summer.

The notion that the number of calls will go down after cutting police patrols is foolish. Here’s why:

According to police data, more than 500 people have been shot in Minneapolis this year, twice as many as 2019, while murders are up more than 50%. So far this year, there have been nearly 5,000 violent crimes, the most in the past five years, the records show.

Ilhan Omar hates the people of Minneapolis. If she cared about them, she’d propose beefing up the MPD budget. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. It isn’t likely to happen, either.

If this Strib article is the best that the DFL-dominated Minneapolis City Council can do while re-imagining policing, then, to use a phrase that the late great Andrew Breitbart used, they suck. (Breitbart used that punchline at the 2011 RightOnline Conference at the Minneapolis Marriott.)

The article opens, saying “Elaine, a front-line health care worker in Minneapolis, was putting groceries in the trunk of her car recently, in a crowded parking lot at the Uptown Kowalski’s Market, giving her high-alert system a break, as most of us do when some benign activity consumes our attention. It was 5:15 p.m. A moment later, a car blaring loud music pulled up behind hers, trapping her at her own car’s trunk. Someone got out of the car and punched Elaine to the ground. An accomplice wrested her handbag from her arm. In the next instant, the car and assailants were gone. It was again a regular evening, just after dark, in a busy parking lot in Uptown.”

The DFL-only City Council didn’t just to defund the police. They voted unanimously to dismantle the police. That isn’t just stupid. It’s borderline malfeasance.

The robbery had happened so fast that no one had even noticed. Elaine, my colleague’s mom, a 60-plus year-old woman, beaten and robbed, her eye already swelling shut, had to pull herself up from the ground and stumble into the store for help. The store security chief, Scott Nelson, experienced with this kind of crime, immediately began reviewing film from monitoring cameras at nearby businesses.

Committed to pursuing justice for Elaine, Nelson laments that we “need police service and we need more of it. South Minneapolis is worse than I’ve ever seen it.” He describes the surge of 20-plus attacks a day that are now striking people just going about their daily business, people like Elaine.

Usually in a stolen car, perpetrators Nelson describes as “young teens, 12-to-14 years old” cruise from lot to lot in neighborhood business districts, waiting for a victim, “like a deer hunter sits in a tree.” When they are apprehended, Nelson says consequences are negligible. “I arrest the same people over and over. Nothing happens to them.

It’s time that Minneapolis Democrats to decide whether to let activist Democrats run roughshod over the city or whether to assert themselves and restore sanity to Minneapolis. Right now, insanity is winning:

What’s worse is that there’s no end in sight:

In recent years many regional leaders and groups have invested in rebranding our region for a more vibrant future. We planned to use our built and natural environment to welcome a new generation of visitors, workers and residents. How I would love to have those days of blossoming possibility back.

Now our city’s future hangs in the balance. As we teeter between proclamations and inaction, women are attacked while running daily errands. Carjackings are perpetrated in broad daylight; my daughter witnessed one the other day as she walked her dog. A North Side community group is suing the city for holding the concept of safety hostage to the concept of reform. It is not viable to sacrifice one to the other. Surely we can achieve both?

It’s time for Minneapolis to invest in a new City Council. This one failed miserably.

It’s looking more and more like the unthinkable will finally happen this year. To Minnesotans, the unthinkable is defined as a Republican presidential candidate winning Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes. The unthinkable might just have company in the form of the impossible. In Minnesota, the impossible is defined as a Minnesotan winning a statewide race.

Apparently, both things are possible this year. President Trump is well-positioned to flip Minnesota from blue to red. Further, Jason Lewis is finishing fast, making it very possible for Lewis to Trump Tina Smith on the strength of standing with the police. In Lewis’ case, it isn’t a matter of following President Trump’s lead. Jason Lewis’ wife is a retired police officer.

What’s making this possible are 2 forgettable Democrat candidates (Joe Biden, Tina Smith), 2 solid GOP candidates (President Trump, Jason Lewis) and a great GOP GOTV. President Trump and Jason Lewis are enthusiastically pro-mining and stoutheartedly pro-law enforcement. With a week left in the campaign, GOP momentum is surging while Democrats stay in hiding.

Tina Smith has shied away from debates, only competing in 1 virtual debate. Joe Biden visited Minnesota once (Hermantown, just south of Duluth). When Biden visited, he did the impossible when he shut out the local media, which generated lots of negative local press. He visited a union training center, where Biden had a captive audience of about a dozen trainees.

That same night, President Trump rallied in front of “a crowd of thousands at the Bemidji Regional Airport for a campaign rally.” A crowd of thousands to a Biden rally is beyond unthinkable. I don’t think it’s happened this campaign season.

Tina Smith and Joe Biden should worry about this:

But Republicans have to worry about Biden’s enormous lead in urban areas, 64% to 28%, and his 48% to 42% lead in suburbs. Trump’s 53% to 36% lead in rural areas of northern, western and southern Minnesota might not be enough to offset the Biden advantage in the metro area.

A Democrat that isn’t leading by 40+ points in the Twin Cities is hurting. Further, a Democrat running about even in the suburbs is in trouble. Law and order is the predominant issue in the suburbs. It’s also where many shy Trump voters live.

The momentum is clearly on Republicans’ sides going into the final week campaign. The biggest question is who closes stronger.

Mark Kelly’s police problem isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s because the Democrat candidate for the US Senate is attempting to be too clever with his non-apology apology. Kelly’s spokesperson said that “Our campaign values the public service, bravery and sacrifice of police officers across our nation. The tweet posted by a junior staff member is unacceptable and we are taking the appropriate action.” When asked to describe what that action was, Peters failed to provide additional details.

First, L’Heureux initially tweeted “@Chicago_Police you worthless f—ing pigs.” That’s why L’Heureux is getting disciplined. The Kelly campaign issued a statement, which “included a statement from L’Heureux.” In his statement, L’Heureux said “I deeply regret my comment and apologize for what I wrote – I was wrong. My comment does not reflect who I am or what I believe, and most importantly, it is not representative of what this campaign stands for. The language I used and the sentiment I conveyed do not belong in our political process, which is why I have deleted the tweet.”

That’s what dishonesty looks like. His comment reflects who he is and what he believes. If he didn’t believe it, why did he say it? That’s why the McSally campaign jumped all over this situation:

“It’s no wonder why the Arizona Police Association endorsed Martha McSally in this race. They know what we’ve known all along: Martha will have their back; Mark will throw them to the wolves,” said Caroline Anderegg, a McSally campaign spokesperson.

This is worth pondering:

Joe Clure, the executive director of the Arizona Police Association, slammed Kelly’s campaign for the vile remark.

“It sadly isn’t the first time I’ve seen this from Democratic campaign personnel,” Clure told the The Free Beacon. “I hope that [Kelly] fires [the staffer] immediately to show that he doesn’t condone this kind of attitude that police are ‘f—ing worthless.'”

The fact that the Kelly campaign isn’t talking about what discipline they’ve meted out says everything. What’s so difficult to take this staffer to task? Some statements require a verbal warning. Others require a written warning. L’Heureux’s statement requires a termination notice, in my estimation.

The Kelly campaign is aptly described as embattled. This McSally interview speaks volumes why Kelly’s campaign is embattled:

Kelly’s campaign lacks police support. The good (?) news is that he makes up for that lack of support with support from the Chinese.

Predictably, Democrat activists have threatened violence if President Trump nominates someone to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. One Democrat activist, Andrew Desiderio, posted a tweet on the subject. Reza Azlan then replied to Desiderio’s tweet. Here’s that tweet:

Here’s Desiderio’s original tweet:

Author Aaron Gouveia similarly blasted McConnell’s statement, saying: “F–k no. Burn it all down.” A Canadian political science professor called for arson, prompting accusations he made a terroristic threat. “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS,” Waterloo professor Emmett MacFarlane tweeted.

Senate Republicans better wake up. Whether they like it or not, this isn’t going away. If Senate Republicans haven’t realized that Democrats have declared war on Republican judicial nominees, then they’re stupid and need to be replaced ASAP. The truth is that Democrats are coming after every GOP senator, whether they vote before or after the election.

Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst and Lindsey Graham will get targeted by Democrats whether they vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee or not so they might as well confirm President Trump’s nominee. Democrat politicians and Democrat activists are in win-at-all-cost-mode. If that means demolishing people or institutions, these Democrats won’t hesitate in using whatever tactics are required to stop the confirmation of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. If yoou think I’m bluffing, check this out:

A member of Wisconsin’s ethics commission, Scott Ross, ordered Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to “burn it all down” if he couldn’t stop McConnell. “F—–g A, Ed. If you can’t shut it down, burn it down,” he said. Other tweets didn’t contain violent threats but indicated opponents wouldn’t take Ginsburg’s replacement lying down. If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots,” warned GQ writer Laura Bassett.

It isn’t like these should be treated like idle threats. These are the people who’ve contributed to bail funds like Minnesota Freedom Fund. I wrote about the exploits of MFF in this post:

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

According to MFF’s website, “At Minnesota Freedom Fund, we believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust. That’s why we’re working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice.”

Restorative justice is the system that let the Parkland shooter roam free without getting flagged by law enforcement agencies. MFF says that this system “is unjust.” Tell that to Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was assassinated at Stoneman Douglas HS. But I digress. More on this system of organizations in future articles.

I’m stunned that Joe Biden, the law & order candidate in this presidential election, hired staffers who then bailed out an accused child abuser. How can someone who has consistently insisted on being tough on criminals go so soft on an alleged child abuser? Sorry for the sarcasm to open this article. This article is meant to highlight the fact that Democrats have failed at multiple levels to protect the residents of Minneapolis.

Tim Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, flinched when Jacob Frey, the DFL mayor of Minneapolis, requested National Guard troops when the riots first broke out. Gov. Walz didn’t send the troops, then accused Frey of choking. Then there’s the Minneapolis City Council, the all-DFL city council whose brilliant idea was to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department without having a plan on what to replace the MPD and without talking the people living in Minneapolis. But I digress.

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

The story was first reported by Alpha News MN and The Daily Caller. “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris tweeted on June 1.

This is disturbing news:

Then there’s this:

The allegations against Columbus are macabre. The arrest warrant in the case states that the girl Columbus allegedly assaulted lived with her grandmother, who regularly spent time with her friend “Tim,” while the girl was seven and eight years old. When the girl was about eight, the victim told police, “‘Tim’ laid her on her couch and held her down as he unbuckled his pants and then pulled down her pants. Victim stated he then ‘put his thing inside me.'”

Finally, there’s this:

FOX 9 reported earlier this summer that MFF had raised $35 million in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. A recent update on its website indicates that it has spent at least $3,475,000 bailing people out of jail in recent months, with just $210,000 of that being spent bailing out protesters and rioters who were arrested in the unrest immediately following Floyd’s death.

FOX 9 also first exposed some of the non-protesters being bailed out by MFF, including Darnika Floyd, who was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a friend to death, and Christopher Boswell, who is facing charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. The group put up $100,000 on behalf of Floyd and $350,000 on behalf of Boswell.

These are the thugs that the Biden-Harris ticket helped liberate. Do these actions tell us that Biden-Harris is committed to restoring order to our cities? Or do their actions sound like most Democrats who are soft on crime? I’d argue they sound like the latter.

This morning on Outnumbered, former Obama State Department propagandist Marie Harf said that Joe Biden had spoken out forcefully against anti-police violence. While I’ll agree that Biden has said the right thing when he’s spoken, I’ll mention that he essentially went the entire summer without mentioning the rioting, looting and anti-police violence. Harf has also said that Democrat aren’t for defunding the police.

That’s interesting since Kamala Harris praised Eric Garcetti for slashing the LAPD budget by $150,000,000:

Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday applauded Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to slash police funding by $150 million but stopped short of saying she backed the ‘defund the police’ movement. “I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe,” Harris said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I applaud Mayor Garcetti for doing what he’s done.”

Just because she didn’t say ‘defund the police’ doesn’t mean she doesn’t support the defund the police movement. At this point, it’s just semantics. It’s essentially irrelevant.

Check this article out:

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he’s already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen,” Osman said.

The Minneapolis City Council should’ve thought about that before they voted to dismantle the MPD. Residents are right. They need the police to stay safe. When DFL (DFL is Minnesotan for far-left Democrat) politicians promised to dismantle the police, police started retiring early en masse or seeking jobs with other PDs.

Right now, the MPD is understaffed according to the Minneapolis City Charter:

The city charter, which serves as its constitution, currently says the city must maintain a police department and the council must “fund a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident.”

The point is simple. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi can spin this whichever way they want to sound moderate but they’re essentially irrelevant. City councils determine police department funding. Big city city councils are either mostly or entirely Democrat activists. The city council activists align mostly with AOC and Keith Ellison. In Minneapolis, Keith Ellison’s son, Jeremiah, is on the City Council. Jeremiah voted for dismantling the MPD. That didn’t prevent him from shooting his mouth off at Tuesday’s meeting:

You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect.

When politicians disrespect the police, then cut their budget, crime will increase. That’s the predictable outcome.

This is particularly heartbreaking:

Rather than dismantling the police, what’s required is police reform and adding substantially to the police force. Let’s drop the ‘reimagining police’ propaganda that Democrats use. It isn’t legitimate. It’s the Democrats’ way of getting people to abandon time-tested policing tactics. This video contains a montage of ‘reimagining policing’:

Voting for Democrats is a vote for increased violent crime. That debate has been had. The statistics speak for themselves. Res ipsa loquitur.