Who is to blame for the violence in Minneapolis?

 

In the wake of mass protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police Department has had enough of getting scapegoated by the city’s civic leaders.

Members of the police union have gone to the media to contradict the city council’s attack on the union’s collective bargaining agreement. The police officers underscore that the problem with policing in the city is with the ‘incompetent’ and ‘failed’ city and state leadership, which created the conditions for the current crisis. Scapegoating the police department only makes matters worse.

The Minneapolis Police Union lays the blame at the feet of Democratic politicians

The head of the Minneapolis police union, Lieutenant Bob Kroll, has said that the way former officers dealt with George Floyd “does look and sound horrible.” However, a full review of what happened based on bodycam footage and other sources has yet to conclude. Autopsy reports have emerged suggesting that Floyd had a lethal dose of Fentanyl in his system at the time of his death.

Defending the police union, Kroll said that the police are being unfairly “scapegoated by political leaders in our city and our state, and they have shifted their incompetent leadership, failed leadership onto us and our membership, and it is simply unjust.”

Kroll went on to suggest that the bodycam footage may provide some necessary context to Floyd’s death. “It may shed some light that we are unaware of. Right now, we cannot make an informed decision regarding the other officers that do not appear on camera.” Reports have emerged that the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes was personally familiar with him as they worked security at the same night club and were not on good terms.

City and state leadership has proven largely ineffective in handling the riots that have swept Minneapolis. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz delayed deploying the National Guard for days.
Issues have been raised regarding police administration. Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer at whose hands

Floyd died, had over a dozen complaints filed against him. Accountability and due process seem to be lacking. The police union got Democratic politicians to agree to protect officers despite such performance. At the same time, the cost per officer ballooned to $180,000 despite a poor local reputation for police performance.

Shootings in the city have quickly spun out of control

 

Meanwhile, in just a few weeks, Democratic civic officials have let Minneapolis veer toward becoming another Detroit. Early Sunday morning, twelve people were shot in a mass shooting in uptown Minneapolis with one dead. In the days following, the number of shootings has skyrocketed. There were three shootings in broad daylight on Monday afternoon with 9 people injured.

To quell the violence, the city council, which voted to abolish the PD, is calling in every police force they can get, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Transit Police, and federal authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Secret Service.

While announcing as much, mayor Frey said “The violence and lawlessness that we’ve seen the last few days is not acceptable in any form. Residents, businesses, and all that choose to be in Minneapolis for any reason deserve to feel safe.”