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Are Blue Lives Worth Protecting? — An Opinion Piece

According to Rasmussen Reports, 59% of voters…

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According to Rasmussen Reports, 59% of voters surveyed think there is a war against police going on in the United States. Also, 68% of voters are concerned that these deadly attacks will cause a shortage of police officers. The ratio of those who are concerned to those who are not concerned is more than two to one, and 44% of those concerned are very concerned. 

This “defund the police” movement started in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. On Friday, June 12, 2020, 18 days after his death, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to replace the police department with a community-led public safety system. 

Here is the headline from MPR by Brandt Williams, “With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks, ‘Where are the police?’” What is it like living in Minneapolis, which in a word is more “dangerous” than just a year ago? CBS News reports that Minneapolis is now among the top 20 most dangerous cities in America.

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Mayor Jacob Frey announced last week that two more people were killed over the past weekend? This year, there have been 42 homicides, which is more than double the killing rate of just last year at the same time. Robberies are up 53% in central downtown.

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Mayor Frey also announced that 288 people had been shot and wounded, with that count 121 more than for the same period last year. The mayor pointed out that the active police force had declined from 850 to about 650 officers.
 
Minneapolis city councilors told the city police chief Tuesday that their residents feel “terrorized.” They say police are “nowhere to be seen,” months after the police killing of George Floyd set off protests against police brutality.

The Minneapolis City Council called on Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to address constituents’ reports of increased street racing, carjacking, robberies, assaults and shootings.

Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham criticized his fellow city councilors during the meeting, accusing them of contradicting previous statements when they called for the department to be dismantled. 

Minneapolis city councilors told the city police chief Tuesday that their residents feel “terrorized” and say police are “nowhere to be seen” months after the police killing of George Floyd set off protests against police brutality. The Minneapolis City Council called on Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to address constituents’ reports of increased street racing, carjacking, robberies, assaults and shootings.

During the two-hour meeting, several council members, including Council President Lisa Bender, said residents have complained that officers on the ground have said they will not enforce laws or make arrests.
 
Arradondo, who has served as chief since 2017, called the comments “troubling to hear” and promised to discuss the issue with the precincts’ commanders and heads. “We need to make sure that our communities know that we are going to be there, that we’re going to be responsive,” the chief said. “We’ve taken an oath to do that.”

Council Member Jamal Osman said his constituents ask, “Where are the police?” and inform him that calls to police are going unanswered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen,” Osman said.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data shows a rise in assaults, robberies, and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson, Minnesota Public Radio reported. More homicides have taken place in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than all of 2019. The police chief said, “The department is responding by adding more officers to patrol and investigations and attempting to suppress robberies.” 

But council members told Arradondo that officers are saying they’re overworked and understaffed. The chief said about 200 officers have left the department this year, more than double the usual amount who step down or are inactive every year. 

Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham criticized his fellow city councilors during the meeting. He accused them of contradicting previous statements when they called for the department to be dismantled. “I am sort of flabbergasted as right now his colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for the abolition of the police, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD.”

Were you really surprised when CHOP took over downtown Seattle, creating the new socialist environment, and within weeks, people were being shot behind the barricades? Councilmember Cummingham wonders why crime is up? Why are people being shot and killed in his city by record numbers? 

The answer is simple: the idea that we can have an orderly society without law and order isn’t viable because people die under the Minneapolis defund plan. Continue to defund the police and watch the City of Minneapolis move closer to number 1 on murders. Don’t be surprised if continuing to defund the police means that the city council will be the subject of lawsuits for wrongful death for every person that dies. 

Dan Perkins is a published author of 4 novels on nuclear and biological terrorism against the United States and is a current events commentator for over 20 news blogs. He appears on radio and TV between 40 and 60 times a month, depending on the news cycles, and on about 1,400 radio stations and TV networks. He is either a guest host or host on 4 weekly syndicated talk shows. Dan’s newest show is called “America’s Cannabis Conversation” on the W420radionetwork.com, a new show that broadcasts Saturday each week at 4:20 PM local time. More information on Perkins can be found at his web site danperkins.guru.

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Dem Senator: Troops Remain In DC Because Trump May Incite Another Capitol Attack

Bush league.

John Salvatore

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On a scale of 1-10, this quote from a Democrat Senator hits 11 on the side of stupidity. People like Chris Murphy just can’t help themselves. They are literally obsessed with President Donald Trump. Hey, Connecticut – want a do-over on this guy or what? If you live in the Constitution State and said no, you may want to re-evaluate. During an appearance on CNN, Murphy said: “The threat to the country is not over. We still have 5,000 National Guard members surrounding the Capitol complex. Why? Because there are still existing threats, present threats to the security of the Capitol. And so long as Donald Trump is empowered by Senate Republicans, there’s still the chance that he is going to incite another attempt at the Capitol or stir up similar trouble at the state legislative level or in a governor’s election when things don’t go his way. The threat is still very real to American democracy.” From The Daily Wire: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) added to the already deep divide in our nation during a online meeting with constituents in San Francisco on Saturday, claiming the Trump supporters who breached the Capitol on Wednesday chose their “whiteness over democracy.” Pelosi said, “When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all. The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’” She added, “I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who were in opposition of our democracy to see the light. Instead, it was an epiphany for the…

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Report: Biden Forming Committee to Study “Reforms” to the Supreme Court

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Biden refused to answer on the campaign trail if he would pack the court. He even said the American people don’t deserve to know his position on the matter. But since SCOTUS currently leans 5-4 conservative (though, four of the five justices sometimes side with the liberal minority), Joe is now making it clear that he’s planning to bump up the total from nine. From Politico: The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary. The commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel’s office and filled out with the behind-the-scenes help of the Biden campaign’s lawyer Bob Bauer, who will co-chair the commission. Its specific mandate is still being decided. But, in a signal that the commission is indeed moving ahead, some members have already been selected, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. CONTINUED: Among those who will be on the commission are Cristina Rodríguez, a professor at Yale Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Department of Justice, who will join Bauer as co-chair. Caroline Fredrickson, the former president of the American Constitution Society, and Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor and a former assistant attorney general in the Bush Department of Justice, will also serve on the commission, those familiar with discussions said. Fredrickson has hinted that she is intellectually supportive of ideas like court expansion. In 2019, she said in an interview with Eric Lesh, the executive director of the LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York: “I often point out to people who aren’t lawyers that the Supreme Court is not defined as ‘nine person body’ in the Constitution, and it has changed size many times.”…

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