At the most recent Minneapolis City Council meeting, Democrat Jeremiah Ellison criticized Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, saying “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.”

Councilman Ellison should read the newspapers more often. This article starts by saying “Some South Minneapolis residents are voicing concerns about staffing at the city’s Fifth Police Precinct. The commander of the precinct confirms that some nights there are only eight officers on patrol covering 20 neighborhoods.”

The article continues, saying “Minneapolis Deputy Chief Erick Fors said the department is short on officers. The reason, he says, ranges from early retirements to hiring freezes to dozens of officers on medical leave, mixed with COVID-19 challenges, like officers having to stay home and quarantine if they’re exposed to COVID-19.”

“So yes, that’s considerably less than an authorized total strength of 888 officers, so that requires us to look at our resources, look at our demands, again focus on our core services and move resources around as needed,” Fors said.

Apparently, Councilman Ellison hasn’t pulled his head out of his butt. Thanks to grandstanding politicians who blame police officers whenever possible, officers are leaving for better jobs or they’re taking early retirement. Why put up with the politicians’ abuse week-after-week? Their job is difficult enough as it is with a full compliment of officers. Check this article out:

Service calls for police response either through 911 or other dispatches noticeably declined since the unrest that rocked Minneapolis ended, in part underscoring the department’s staffing and budgetary problems. After Floyd’s death, the force lost more than 10 percent of its officers through resignation, termination, retirement or medical leave – and could shed more employees by year’s end.

Watch this video from November, 2019:

It says that the Minneapolis City Council “is set to approve a $772,000 sculpture” but that the police department is understaffed. It’s in that context that we have to picture Jeremiah Ellison’s statements. He voted for the statue. Then he voted for dismantling the police department. Here’s how Chief Arradondo replied:

Arradondo said he’d like to see deeper research into the root causes of community and police violence. “Too often, we as police departments, we are dealing in a reactionary mode. We have oftentimes come to finding crime as opposed to preventing it. If we just stayed status quo, right now, we will end this year with numbers that are absolutely unconscionable about what we should have in terms of community violence, and we don’t do a deep dive as a city as to what caused all of those.”

Instead of dismantling the MPD, Minneapolis should strengthen training while hiring more officers. Finally, it’s time for the people to fire grandstanding politicians like Jeremiah Ellison the next time he’s up for re-election.

That means electing Republicans to the City Council. Jeremiah Ellison and his DFL friends have failed miserably at protecting Minneapolis residents.

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