Newell: No Federal bailouts for cities who stood down during riots

Newell Normand
July 13, 2020 - 4:36 pm
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It was another violent weekend in America. All across this country, shootings are up, violent crimes are still up, police officers are leaving in droves, and this ‘let-them-vent’ strategy that was deployed early on in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and left many major urban (Democrat-led) cities totally destroyed continues to reveal troubling results. 


That strategy to sit back and watch their cities get destroyed is not going well. Minneapolis has now gone to FEMA for help. Governor Tim Walz, acting on behalf of the city, filed a claim with FEMA asking them for reimbursement and monies to assist cleanup costs there - they were denied. So the question is whether or not taxpayers ought to be funding cities that sat back and did nothing, told their officers to stand down, gave up their police precincts, watched parts of their cities burn down, and watched people’s lives get totally destroyed. And they did that out of fear of retribution from the anarchist progressive left. They didn’t want to consume any political capital. Simple as that.

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In Seattle, they gave up an entire piece of geography, but I’m sure they’ll be next in line for a check. Same in New York, with Mayor (I use that term loosely) Bill DeBlasio - he was recommending that the police touch these rioters gently. Meanwhile, they’re bashing people’s heads in, beating up police, pilfering stores in Manhattan - once again, they stood by, did nothing. Gave it up because they didn't want to support the police.

So why should we reward them for doing so? A number of elected leaders and community leaders have stepped up and said the same thing, that the Federal government should not step in and offer assistance to these cities when their own municipal governments did nothing to protect themselves and mitigate their own damages.

So now, the police are being criticized because there’s a question as to whether or not they are scaling back their response. First, we’re in the communities too much, and now we’re not in them enough? How do police deal with that? Minneapolis PD Chief Arredondo says his department's resources are completely depleted. They’re answering so many calls, consuming so much human capital, it may seem like they scaled back, but they just can't keep up with the workload created by these little criminal thugs.

Interestingly, in Seattle the City Council is discussing cutting the police budget by 50%, and Chief Carmen Best warns that the officers most recently hired would be first to be let go. It so happens that Seattle recently went on a massive recruitment mission to hire more BIPOC officers, so under a reduction in force, half of the non-white officers on the force would be let go. 

Very few of those that live in these communities are in favor of defunding and dismantling the police. There is consensus about looking into ways to reform the police, and that’s an exercise that we should be doing all the time, not just in the aftermath of a tragic event. But it’s amazing how the perspectives are different, because there are others in those same communities that say all this violence is the culmination of society’s neglect of minority communities and loss of confidence in law enforcement. They’re all looking for law enforcement to solve these societal problems. Law enforcement themselves have never looked for it.

So now, the police are being criticized because there’s a question as to whether or not they are scaling back their response. First, we’re in the communities too much, and now we’re not in them enough? How do police deal with that? Minneapolis PD Chief Arredondo says his department's resources are completely depleted. They’re answering so many calls, consuming so much human capital, it may seem like they scaled back, but they just can't keep up with the workload created by these little criminal thugs.

Interestingly, in Seattle the City Council is discussing cutting the police budget by 50%, and Chief Carmen Best warns that the officers most recently hired would be first to be let go. It so happens that Seattle recently went on a massive recruitment mission to hire more BIPOC officers, so under a reduction in force, half of the non-white officers on the force would be let go. 

They’re moving at breakneck speed in Seattle, Minneapolis and other places to look at defunding police departments without really understanding what the downstream implications will be. They’re not thinking about this! 

 

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