So, THEY get a private security detail on the taxpayer dime, but the city they run needs to trust their safety to the goodwill and human decency of the general public? Sure, THAT seems fair.
It may seem like a lifetime by now, but it’s only been a few weeks since all hell broke loose in Minneapolis. And in that time, a lot has changed.
Not just the buildings that have been burned to the ground, or the spike in crime. Not just the huge spike in Coronavirus cases among all the young people who had flooded the streets and all of their friends and relations.
Young adults in MN testing positive post-chaos. pic.twitter.com/IPIVaKSKwytake our poll - story continues below
— Abe Greenwald (@AbeGreenwald) June 28, 2020
That’s an interesting trend line, don’t you think?
The changes Minneapolis faces now are deeper than that. There has been a change in how policing in Minneapolis is to be conducted. What you might call a ‘Fundamental Change’. They are in the process of actively disbanding their police force… having begun the process with a unanimous vote:
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously advanced a proposal to change the city charter to allow the police department to be dismantled, following widespread criticism of law enforcement over the killing of George Floyd.
The 12-0 vote is just the first step in a process that faces significant bureaucratic obstacles to make the November ballot, where the city’s voters would have the final say. It also comes amid a spate of recent shootings in Minnesota’s largest city that have heightened many citizens’ concerns about talk of dismantling the department.
The proposed amendment, which would replace the police department with a new “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention” that has yet to be fully defined, next goes to a policy committee and to the city’s Charter Commission for a formal review, at which point citizens and city officials can weigh in. — ABC
They apparently don’t trust the police to do their job. But somehow, these same government officials don’t object to the use of private security to defend their own person and property from threats real or perceived.
Three members of the Minneapolis City Council have been provided with a private security detail after receiving death threats for supporting proposals to defend the city’s police department in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.
A city spokesperson said the private security details ordered for council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks – a rate of $4,300 per day.
News of the arrangement surfaced Friday, the same day the council voted 12-0 to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department, initiating steps toward establishing ‘peace officers’ and a new ‘holistic’ approach to public safety.
…Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham declined to discuss the security measures when asked by Fox 9.
‘I don’t feel comfortable publicly discussing the death threats against me or the level of security I currently have protecting me from those threats,’ Cunningham wrote in a text message, adding that the security is temporary.
Cano also decline to provide further details about the threats levelled against her or the extent of her security.
Meanwhile, Councilmember Andrea Jenkins said she has been asking for security since she was sworn in back in 2018. Jenkins said the latest threats have come in the form of emails, letters and social media posts.
‘My concern is the large number of white nationalist[s] in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,’ she told the network.
The security detail is being provided by two firms, Aegis and BelCom as an interim fix until other security solutions can be established
When asked why MPD are not providing security to the councilmembers, a city spokesperson said the department’s resources are needed elsewhere in the community. The hourly cost of private security is similar to the cost for a police officer, the spokesperson added. –DAILYMAIL
We’re not exactly sure where all these White Supremacists keep coming from, out of the woodwork. But we DO notice they make a politically convenient explanation for an extravagant security detail on city council at the very moment they are offering less police protection to the citizens of Minneapolis.
If they didn’t have a racial angle to fall back upon, it might sound like they are just afraid of the very citizens they have just pissed off, and are using dollars that COULD be spent protecting the public to instead protect themselves from the public.
Cross-posted with Clash Daily
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