By Duncan Smith
Americans were horrified by what happened to George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last May.
But many of them were equally horrified by what happened to one of the largest cities in the North/Northeast in the aftermath of that incident.
As you can see from the photo above, parts of the city — large parts — were hollowed out in a matter of 24-48 hours.
City blocks that took decades to build were erased by fire.
In the aftermath of those riots, police officers in the city were vilified, demonized, and reduced to second-rate status.
Calls to ‘defund’ the Minneapolis Police Department were rampant.
For many parts of the still-smoldering city, it was as if the department had been defunded because they are devoid of cops.
And you know what happens in civil societies when there is no law enforcement: They turn uncivil.
That’s happened in Minneapolis, and guess what? Now the leftists on the city council are backtracking big time on the ‘defund’ movement.
The Minneapolis City Council, which led the nationwide ‘defund police’ movement in cutting funding for cops, voted to increase the police budget by $6.4 million after the department suffered an extraordinary loss in personnel.
The Minneapolis Police Department began 2020 with 817 officers but ended the year with 638 officers available to work. Fully 155 officers are on extended leave complaining of PTSD. The city council added $6.4 million to hire more officers after residents complained of slow response times by officers.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, violent crime increased 21 percent in 2020.
There is a saying in our lexicon these days thanks to the film “Forrest Gump,” “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Any leader of any American city, large or small, who thinks it’s a great idea to get rid of their police department or adopt policies rendering it moot is stupid, period.
Thus endeth the lesson.