If Lisa Bender, Jeremiah Ellison and the rest of the Minneapolis City Council think dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department will be easy, then they’re too stupid to hold elected office. This article alone makes their goal a steep uphill fight. That’s without considering the possibility that people whose homes and businesses were just demolished or looted might not vote for less police protection.

According to WCCO-TV News, “ShotSpotter technology has picked up more than 1,600 gunshots in Minneapolis in the past 30 days.” Later in the article, WCCO reports “Just after 2:30 p.m., four people were shot near the 1600 block of Morgan Avenue North. At about 4:09 p.m., four more people were shot at West Broadway and North Lyndale avenues. At 6:41 p.m., another person was shot near North 25th Avenue and North 4th Street. In addition to Monday’s shootings, one man was killed and another was critically wounded in a double stabbing in downtown Minneapolis.”

To the idiot Democrats on the Minneapolis City Council, additional law enforcement officers are needed, not less. This is so straightforward that even a Democrat should be able to figure it out within 3-4 guesses. (Republicans would figure it out the first time but that’s a totally different discussion.)

The shootings prompted Frey to call on the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, the Minnesota State Patrol and others for help. “That’s the ATF, that’s the Secret Service, that’s the FBI for investigative purposes,” Frey said.

Little towns can get away with not having a fulltime police force. Minnesota’s biggest city can’t rely on outside law enforcement agencies from the county, state and feds.

This is the time for the activists on the Minneapolis City Council to make a decision. That decision is whether they want to remain hair-brained, irresponsible activists or whether they want to become adults and start governing like adults. If Lisa Bender, Jeremiah Ellison, et al, want to remain activists, then it’s up to Minneapolis voters to reject the Council’s charter amendment and throw out the childish activists.

The people of Minneapolis need police protection. Without the police, there won’t be people downtown. There won’t be businesses opening up. There’s only businesses leaving. This pattern is detectable. The same thing is happening on a smaller scale in St. Cloud.

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