There have been 90% more people shot in Minneapolis and 57% more homicides so far this year than there were last year, raising questions about whether the violence needs to be handled differently there.
The main difference between this year and last year is the resignation, retirement or mental health leave of absence of more than 200 police officers from the city over the last year. The force is only one-third of what it was before.
Another huge difference is the move toward police defunding and the trend toward not prosecuting people of color in order to avoid charges of racism, even if they are committing crimes.
The left-leaning Star Tribune newspaper blames inequity for the problem and want to work on fixing the problem by putting “unarmed community safety specialists” in the worst neighborhoods. Wouldn’t that be really dangerous for them?
It seems to me that the only way to fix this problem is to show the lawbreakers that their actions won’t be tolerated.
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