Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

The Minneapolis City Council’s attempted dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department apparently laid the groundwork for future violence in Minneapolis. This isn’t surprising. In fact, it’s predictable.

Looking back at 2020, dismantling the MPD looks like a terrible idea. Then again, it looked terrible at the time it was proposed. According to “an end-of-year report presented to the City Council last week, Minneapolis experienced a 105% increase in shootings between 2019 and 2020.”

The same report states that the “city recorded 82 homicides in 2020, a 70% increase over 2019’s 48 homicides. Between 2016 and 2019, Minneapolis had an average homicide rate of 41.” Minneapolis residents are bracing for far worse in 2021, with prosecutors asking the judge to push the Derek Chauvin trial back into summer. A longtime reader of LFR said that his family is worried about rioting downtown and borded-up businesses near the courthouse.

Theft of motor vehicle parts, a subcategory of larceny, increased by 660% in 2020, likely because of the rising price of precious metals found inside catalytic converters, the MPD said. Carjackings, different from auto thefts in that the owner is inside the vehicle when the robbery occurs, increased by 301% — from 101 in 2019 to 405 in 2020.

With police retirements up in Minneapolis, expect this to continue:

With the MPD police force depleted from retirements and officers taking medical leave, 2021 figures to be another great year to live somewhere other than Minneapolis. If the Chauvin trial ends (as I suspect it will) with an acquittal or a guilty verdict on a lesser charge, expect Minneapolis to erupt in another summer of riots.

After reading this article and this article, it’s clear that Minnesota doesn’t have a justice system. It has a system that coddles criminals and sues law-abiding citizens.

The first story is about Farhan Musse Ibrahim, who “was charged in 2019 with four counts of second-degree attempted murder and other charges in two separate cases stemming from incidents in February of that year.” According to the article, Ibrahim, “who police say is a member of the Somali Outlaws gang”, “recently received a plea bargain and concurrent sentencing that will leave him free in under three-and-a-half years.”

That isn’t justice. That’s injustice. Getting out in 3 years getting charged with 4 counts of second-degree attempted murder is the personification of injustice.

Meanwhile, the second article focuses on Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. According to the article, “Ellison’s office yesterday filed lawsuits against two restaurants that have been open for dine-in despite the governor’s executive orders. Cornerstone Café in Monticello and Cork in Anoka are Ellison’s latest projects.”

Gov. Walz’s EO is utterly too restrictive. It isn’t supported by science whatsoever. Attorney Gen. Ellison’s lawsuit is about intimidating hard-working citizens so they don’t step out of line in the future. These restaurants have installed mitigation devices to keep people safe. Apparently, in the Walz-Ellison police state, that isn’t enough. Walz and Ellison apparently hate businesses because they’re suing them each week.

The DFL’s priorities aren’t Minnesota’s priorities.

According to the Blaze’s Daniel Horowitz, Tim Walz is a tyrant. In his article, Horowitz writes “There is no subtlety to Walz’s tyranny, and his evils are clearly no longer sufferable. His regime is now threatening to imprison business owners who have no options to feed their families other than keeping their businesses open. At the same time, he is releasing violent criminals, including child murderers, as violent crime consumes the Twin Cities region.” Check this out:

Larvita McFarquhar is America embodied. An African-American single mom with four children to support, Larvita never asked for handouts. She opened Haven’s Garden, in Lynd, Minnesota, a family-oriented restaurant with an attached gymnasium for kids to have a good time. She is the ultimate entrepreneur and family woman, but in Walz’s Sodom and Gomorrah, she is now a criminal. She had the audacity to pursue the rights spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and kept her business open at great expense with full compliance with all the unscientific distancing restrictions.

The twisted irony is that Walz is all in on the de-incarceration agenda. Just last month, he stated that “incarceration is a failure of the system.” But what he really meant was only incarceration for dangerous criminals should be shunned. On Wednesday afternoon, Nathan Hansen, Larvita’s attorney, posted on Twitter that “Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Kaitrin C. Vohs filed court documents to have Ms. McFarquhar potentially imprisoned to force her compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s executive order.”

With so many criminals being released for violating real laws, you know, like not to steal, carjack, or murder, wouldn’t “Mr. Anti-incarceration” himself not want lovely people like Ms. McFarquhar to be imprisoned for living a free life? Don’t count on it.

President Trump, a supposedly heartless Republican, signed the First Step Act to reform sentencing laws. Tim Walz, a supposedly compassionate Democrat, wants to jail a black single mother of 4 for wanting to put food on her family’s table and keep a roof over their head.

Who’s the heartless politician? Who’s the compassionate person? I think LFR readers understand that that’s a rhetorical question. The heartless politician, IMHO, is Tim Walz with a dishonorable mention to Keith Ellison:

Tim Walz’s indifference towards law-abiding citizens doesn’t stop there. Logic isn’t Gov. Walz’s strength. Be prepared to clench your fists after reading this:

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, as part of the state’s Board of Pardons, voted to immediately commute the life sentence of Myon Burrell after he served 18 years for the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002. He intended to kill someone else in a gang fight that day, but a stray bullet hit Edwards in the heart while she was in her home doing schoolwork. Burrell’s cousin and jailmate testified in 2002 that he confessed to the killing, and Timothy Oliver, the intended victim of the shooting, testified that Burrell pulled the trigger. But, of course, Burrell and his lawyer maintain that he is an innocent man.

Why did Walz release him? The “science” of teenage killers! “We cannot turn a blind eye to the developments in science and law as we look at this case,” said Walz. “We can’t shackle our children in 2020,” added Walz. “We need to grow as our science grows.”

The science? What the hell is Walz talking about? I get it that Ellison has supported murderers in the past. That’s old news. That he still supports murderers is disappointing on steroids, though it isn’t surprising.

Minnesota deserves a governor that applies logic to situations like this. Tim Walz doesn’t fit that description. He’s a tyrant drunk on his authorities. He’s unfit for office.

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.

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.

Mairead McArdle’s article highlights what most people figured out long ago. People figured out that Democrat-run cities and states are hell-holes that are best escaped from. Until cities like Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and Minneapolis and states like Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Washington are allowed to disintegrate as a result of their progressive policies, they can’t be fixed. They’re simply impossible to fix.

McArdle opened her article by writing “Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have fled New York City since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring, new data from the U.S. Post Office shows. A total of 295,103 city residents requested a change of address between March 1 and October 31, according to U.S. Postal Service data obtained by the New York Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.”

People are leaving New York like they’re selling toxic waste door-to-door. High taxes, higher crime rates and businesses shutting down are key contributors to this exodus. Another contributor is Gov. Cuomo’s lockdown mentality. Apparently, Gov. Cuomo’s side job is killing geese that lay golden eggs.

However, the actual number of New Yorkers who escaped the city this year is much higher than that since a single address change could represent an entire household, and the data from the Post Office does not include the many New Yorkers who have fled without officially changing their address.

This is the classic vicious cycle. Here’s why it’s happening:

New York once was a beautiful metropolis. It isn’t anymore. The chief explanation for the exodus is that NYC isn’t safe. Another explanation is that businesses are getting out of New York because NY’s taxes are too high. There isn’t an incentive to stick around.

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.