Here’s something that I bet you haven’t heard about in the mainstream media: not everyone in Minneapolis, Minnesota hates their police department. In fact, there are people there who don’t want to defund their police department. No, not even after the George Floyd incident.
And here’s the thing that may surprise you most: some people in Minneapolis are so tired of having more crime in their city, which is the result of having less police (it’s a logical result to anyone who thought about it beforehand) that they sued the City of Minneapolis to make them hire more police officers. No kidding. Isabel Van Brugen gives us the details:
A judge on July 1 ruled in favor of a group that filed a lawsuit demanding more police officers be brought into the city, after city council members and activist groups advocated to replace the police department following the death of George Floyd.
Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson issued a writ of mandamus […] ordering the city to hire more police officers, specifically that Minneapolis should have at least 730 officers or .0017 of the 2020 census population, whichever is higher, by the end of June 2022.
An unprecedented number of officers quit or went on extended medical leave after Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed, which included the burning of a police precinct. With new recruit classes, the city anticipates it will have 674 officers available at the end of the year, with another 28 in the hiring process, the Star Tribune reported.
Van Brugen continues:
In his decision, the judge wrote that the eight plaintiffs, all Minneapolis residents, were able to show that the lack of officers in the city is linked to the surge in crime and has caused personal injuries.
It’s sad that leftist defund-the-police folks are so clueless about human nature that the judge felt the need to explain the logical connection between less law enforcement and more crime in cities. It’s not a hard concept to understand.
Good for Judge Anderson, though, for doing the right thing to try to protect people in Minneapolis.