Owners Sue Minneapolis and Mayor Frey After Restaurant Burned to the Ground During 2020 Summer riots

Owners Sue Minneapolis and Mayor Frey After Restaurant Burned to the Ground During 2020 Summer riots

In a recent lawsuit that was filed against the mayor and the city of Minneapolis by two restaurant owners declares that their businesses were vandalized and in the end burned to the ground during the riots that went on all summer long.

The argument on which they base their lawsuit is that the city and its officials who are responsible for protecting the residents and businesses in the city failed to stop the riots in Minneapolis.

On Monday, February 8, two restaurant owners Kacey White and Charles Stotts filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court charging that both the city of Minneapolis and Mayor Jacob Frey failed in their duty to respond properly to the riots from May 27 to May 28 in 2020, and that their negligence resulted in the Town Talk Diner & Gastropub restaurant was burned to the ground.

I think this is only the beginning.  I think hundreds if not thousands of business owners who lost everything because of the riots will start to sue for their losses.

A reminder for the Woke Supremacists who are reading this, neither one of the restaurant owners, nor any of their employees, had anything to do with the death of George Floyd. That was done at the hands of Minneapolis police which if I’m not mistaken worked for the city of Minneapolis.

The restaurant first opened in 1946 and served the people of Minneapolis in the same location ever since, but now it is nothing more than burned debris after animals set it on fire in May of 2020.   Originally seating only 15 people at a time, instead of moving to a bigger location they remodeled the place to accommodate up to 50.  In other words, the owners were dedicated to the neighborhood and the people there.

From the lawsuit:

“Mayor Frey and the City failed to react to the seriousness of the riots and danger to Minnesotans and they failed to comply with policies to confront and stop the rioters. As a result of Mayor Frey and the City’s failed leadership, Kacey and Charles suffered damages in excess of $4,500,000.00.”

The lawsuit also charges that Mayor Frey’s decision to have the Third Precinct evacuated made local residents and business owners to have to fend for themselves during the riots that emanated:

“[Mayor Frey] made the decision to evacuate the Third Precinct, removing police officers from the neighborhood, and leaving the citizens of Lake Street to defend themselves and their property.”

I fear a corrupt Democrat-appointed judge may throw the case out.  What else can we expect after what the country went through last year?

The city, via attorney Jim Rowader, has already made arguments against the lawsuit saying that the mayor did ask for support from the National Guard after it was recommended by the police chief, “and as soon as there was any discernible risk of civil unrest and damage to neighborhoods and businesses.”

Rowader also said the Minneapolis Police Department also requested additional support on the same night that Frey asked for National Guard help:

“The City has provided plaintiffs with these documents, and we are hopeful that they will amend their complaint given this clear and documented evidence.”

Minneapolis isn’t the only city where lawsuits have been filed due to damage inflicted by the riots of 2020.  For example, back in October a jewelry store owner in Portland, Oregon filed a lawsuit against the due after the city failed to respond to rioters who looted and destroyed their business.

Back in June residents and businesses in Seattle filed a class-action lawsuit against the city for “extensive harm” they suffered from the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP where the outrage mob took over a part of the city.  In the suit, they argue that the occupation has caused financial hardship and disrupted daily life for many people in the area.

America was horrified to watch riots carry on every night throughout the summer and it appeared that the Democrat-run cities did next to nothing to stop it.  We had some politicians who actually encouraged the riots to continue, albeit claiming they were speaking about the peaceful protesters [wink].  For example, the Boston Herald reported that Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) called for unrest back in August.  Kamala Harris, now the Vice Thief-in-Chief supported an organization that bailed out violent criminal rioters so that they could be back on the streets committing more mayhem.  Thanks to Harris’ support for the organization they raised millions of dollars to bail out rioters.

Thousands of businesses were destroyed by the riots and they had absolutely nothing to do with the rage that went on over the summer. Somebody owes them compensation and it should be the people, the officials to work charged with their protection.

Protesters chant ‘go home Jacob’ after Minneapolis mayor refuses to

Protesters chant ‘go home Jacob’ after Minneapolis mayor refuses to

Saturday a crowd booed and chanted of “go home Jacob” after the Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey (D) said that he did not support demonstrators’ calls to defund the city’s police department.

A group of demonstrators marched to Frey’s house and pushed for him to voice his opinion on the issue after he joined them outside.

After Frey said they he did not support the demonstrator’s demands, a speaker promptly snatched the microphone and said, “get the f— out of here.”

The crowd then erupted into boos and repeatedly chanted “go home Jacob, go home.” Frey is then seen walking through a mass of protestors as they continued to shout “go home” and “shame.”

Frey later told CNN affiliate WCCO-TV that he supported implementing “massive structural reform” to revise what he described as a “racist system”.

 “If you’re asking whether I will do everything possible to push back on the inherent inequities that are literally built into the architecture, the answer is ‘yes,’” he said. “If you’re asking whether I’m willing to do everything I possibly can throughout the rest of my term to make sure that the police union, the police contract, the arbitration system, and some of these policies that have resulted in problems for specifically Black and Brown people and murder over series of generations, I’m all for that.

“I’m not for abolishing the entire police department,” he added. “I will be honest about that.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has also voiced support for disbanding the Minneapolis police, saying on Friday that the department had “proven themselves beyond reform.”

Elsewhere, leaders in San Francisco and Los Angeles have announced plans to reduce police budgets and reallocate the funds to other public programs. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) said Wednesday that he’d cut as much as $150 million from an expected increase in the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget.

Source: Protesters chant ‘go home Jacob’ after Minneapolis mayor refuses to



Three of the Minneapolis Former Cops Charged In Death of George Floyd Ask Judge To Dismiss their Case Alleging Prosecutors Leaked Plea Deals to the Press

Three of the Minneapolis Former Cops Charged In Death of George Floyd Ask Judge To Dismiss their Case Alleging Prosecutors Leaked Plea Deals to the Press

A series of motions were filed this week on behalf of three of the four former Minneapolis police officers who were charged in the death of George Floyd that set off a summer of rage, destruction, mayhem, and chaos via daily riots in Democrat-run cities across the country, asking to have their clients’ cases dismissed, arguing that the prosecutors leaked information about plea deals in the works to the press.

Now that Trump’s no longer in office I wonder if the Woke Supremacists will riot again.

The trial against Derek Chauvin, the cop who had his knee on Floyd’s neck in the video that went viral around the world, is set to begin on March 8. Chauvin was ultimately charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, the three other former cops involved are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and their trial is scheduled for August 23.

On Monday, Thao’s lawyers, Natalie and Robert Paule filed a motion in Hennepin County District Court where they accused Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison of leaking the information about Chauvin’s plea deal negotiations.  They are asking the judge to dismiss the charges against their client.  I have no doubt that Ellison or one of his prosecutors did that because he’s not a good person and he used to allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend and because he’s a Democrat politician nothing happened to him.

Last week, the New York Times, once again using anonymous sources, reported that a plea deal was already in the works for Chauvin a mere days after Floyd’s death.  Under the plea agreement, Chauvin would avoid federal civil rights charges if he pleads guilty to third-degree murder and face up to 10 years in federal prison.  That agreement was rejected by then-Attorney General Bill Barr.

That leaked information will “irreversibly taint the jury pool and will deny Mr. Thao his constitutional right to a fair trial by impartial jurors,” and Ellison, as well as prosecutors Matthew Frank and Neal Katyal should face, “sanctions against the State for its role – directly or indirectly – in the leaking of highly prejudicial information related to potential plea agreements of codefendants,” the motion read, according to Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the outlet that obtained the motion after it was made public on Tuesday.

We need to have some serious reform on leaking laws.  Leftist Trump haters working in the federal government leaked data every day for at least the first two years.  In many cases, it is a felony to leak information to the press and no one ever gets charged.  In fact, I don’t even think there are investigations to find the leakers.

The motion requested a scheduled hearing to argue the matter within one week.  Judge Peter Cahill will render a decision on the motion soon.

Another motion filed in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday by Kueng’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, also argued that the leak that turned into the article in the Times could only have come from the prosecution team.  Plunkett said tghe leak “shows a complete disrespect for this Court and the fundamental notions of due process.”

“The history of this case shows purposeful actions to thwart justice for the officers. One discovery violation is an honest mistake, this wide river of flagrant discovery violations is a purposeful act designed to prevent Mr. Kueng and the Codefendant’s from receiving a fair trial,” the motion read. “Leaking prejudicial information mere days before trial is loathsome and underhanded. The State’s conduct has been pervasive, malicious and an affront to the dignity of the Office of the Attorney General.”  Talk about prosecutorial misconduct.

On Wednesday, Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, filed the third motion asking to join the motions filed by the first two defendants; lawyers, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“It’s sad that the defense would stoop to peddling baseless conspiracy theories rather than prepare a serious defense of their client to address the grave crimes with which he is charged,” Ellison said in a written statement where he responded to the motions filed this week. “Unlike the defense, we are confident in our case and look forward to presenting it to a jury.”

See what I mean about Ellison?  There’s no way anyone but the prosecutors could have leaked that information, a felony I believe, and Ellison uses the favorite tactic of the Democrats these days by calling the motions conspiracy theories.  How else was the New York Times able to write the article without someone leaking the information to the liner for a dirty birdcage newspaper?  A conspiracy theory would be if there was no article published and the lawyers said there was.  Ellison is either stupid or arrogant as all get out.

Minneapolis and state police are working on security plans to prepare for the animals to create more havoc, looting and burning down businesses as Chauvin’s trial gets closer.

On Wednesday, the utterly useless Mayor Jacob Frey, who did next to nothing during the daily summer riots in his city, said that the trial will in all likelihood increase trauma for a lot of people, particularly as the day of the verdict gets closer and that safety will be on of the top priorities “during this very difficult time in our city.”  Does anyone believe him?  Do they have enough cops left on the force to do that kind of security?

Do I sound like a cynic?  Well, when you wake up every day of your life and you see that the sun comes up, after a while, you just come to expect it.

Minneapolis City Council Caved And Appropriated $6.4 Million Extra Funding For Police After Crime Soared In the City

Minneapolis City Council Caved And Appropriated $6.4 Million Extra Funding For Police After Crime Soared In the City

The city of Minneapolis which is ground zero of the summer of riots across the country after George Floyd was killed while being arrested by Minneapolis police, has a City Council that became famous – or should I say infamous? – for declaring they were going to defund the Minneapolis Police Department.

At the end of January, the crazy City Council voted to cancel the Minneapolis Police Department but keep the police.  Wait, what?  I don’t think they ever once asked the constituents who voted them into office what they thought about giving up the protections of a police department.  Removing the police department is adding insult to injury to the residents of Minneapolis, but the Woke Supremamcy that runs the City Council apparently doesn’t take their needs into consideration.

Well, it turns out that the City Council’s determination to destroy the city’s police department has failed in spectacular fashion.  Crime skyrocketed in the city after the City Council Bench Bozos followed through with their Woke pledges to take down the whole police department, I would say so much that if the people of Minneapolis had any sense they would throw the bums out of office the next chance they get.  I mean, wow, what a fustercluck for the city.

So, they had a change of heart and are now going to spend millions of dollars to rebuild the city’s law enforcement capabilities.  I mean, the 2020 election is over, so we were wondering when they were going to stop hyperbolicking [I just made up a word] the death of Floyd to be able to blame it on Donald Trump.

I remember when it was reported that the Minneapolis City Council stated that the “Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and will never be accountable for its actions,” thus they would “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department.”

The city lost 105 police officers who either quit, retired or went on medical leave because they received zero support from the city government.  They started the new year about 200 officers short altogether.  During a normal year, the department would see about 40 officers either retire to move on to a different line of work, so 105 officers gone should have been a wake-up call to Democrats.  That didn’t stop Representative Ilham Omar (D-MN) from insulting police just last week when she tweeted out that the Minneapolis police officers were “UNWILLING to work.”

“Correction: Minneapolis has about 200 fewer police officers UNWILLING to work. It might be wise to note, Minneapolis hasn’t passed a single policy that changes the makeup of the police department. The police are just refusing to come to work.”

Omar is proving she’s lost touch with reality because the city council most definitely passed policies that changed the makeup of the police department.

The department now has only 638 officers thanks to months of riots and anti-police attacks that included the city allowing a police precinct to be taken over and then setting fire to the 3rd precinct police station.

With so many fewer police officers patrolling the streets violent crime has gone up.  During November, carjackings skyrocketed 537 percent.  Residents, who pay taxes and expect to be protected from criminals, complained to the city about response times getting longer and longer thanks to fewer cops on the streets.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the City Council unanimously voted to pump an added $6.4 million into the police department’s budget so they can hire more police officers.

Minneapolis Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo vowed to make the Minneapolis Police Department application process more progressive.  Personally, I think that’s what caused the problems in the first place.  Progressive policies are destructive.  The updated application will now contain questions about “whether they have lived in Minneapolis, have degrees in criminology, social work, psychology or counseling, and whether they volunteer or participate in programs such as the Police Activities League.”

A few council members  proposed canceling the Minneapolis Police Department and replacing it with a Department of Public Safety which will have “additional divisions … to provide for a comprehensive approach to public safety beyond law enforcement.”  I bet the people of Minneapolis are feeling safer already.

Minneapolis City Council Decides to Eradicate Police Department But Keep the Police Officers

Minneapolis City Council Decides to Eradicate Police Department But Keep the Police Officers

And you thought the Minneapolis City Council was just politicking around when they said they were going to radically transform the Minneapolis Police Department in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  Well, then you have a lot to learn about radical Woke Supremacists with power.  For them, virtue signaling is just the beginning of a very bad idea.

Three members of the Minneapolis City Council last week announced a plan to finally make good on their threat, er, promise to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department.  City Council members promised a “start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity” pathway to law enforcement.  And just like Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” this plan will fail the people of Minneapolis, and it is so colossally bad that it will probably harm people in nearby towns as well.

This is the same City Council that declared racism as a public health emergency and used taxpayer dollars to hire their own private security after they voted to defund the police.

The Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender actually went on CNN to say that fear of dismantling the police department comes from a “place of privilege.”

I think a thought process like that coming from a City Council president comes from a place of doing too many quaaludes as a teenager.

Yet until now, their promises never saw the fulfillment of the good they said would come.  In fact, their hate-filled rhetoric against police prompted a mass exodus of police officers who either retired or just up and quit, and the result of that was a significant spike in violent crime that hit the city last summer.  The rise of crime that hit the city enraged residents, especially when nothing was being done by the city to answer their pleas for help, and yet that didn’t stop the kooky ways of the city council.

Believe it not, when angry residents complained directly to city council members that something needed to be done to fight the crime that was taking over their neighborhoods, members had the gall to ask “Where are the police?”  Are these people really that out of touch with reality?

In time, the slow-witted ones on the City Council finally learned that inflammatory language about dismantling the Police Department doesn’t really work as a practical public policy so they backtracked on the idea.

But they did manage to come up with something that will more-than-likely prove to be even dumber than what they proposed before.   On Thursday, City Council members Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Jeremy Schroeder announced their proposal that would eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department but would keep the police officers.

I guess this means that they no longer believe that the police are the racists who systemically attack people of color in the city and it was the Police Department itself.  Let that sink in for a minute.  If you’re sitting there scratching your head reading this then you are a normal thinking person.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the plan these geniuses came up with will create a new Department of Public Safety which will have “additional divisions … to provide for a comprehensive approach to public safety beyond law enforcement.”  I bet the people of Minneapolis are feeling safer already.

From the Tribune piece, “The proposed charter amendment would eliminate the requirement to maintain a minimum number of officers based on the city’s population, leaving the force size entirely at the discretion of the mayor and the 13-member City Council.”  After listening to that mishmash of clowns since the riots started over the summer I weep for the future of Minneapolis residents.

City Council member Fletcher said, “Minneapolis residents are imagining a comprehensive public safety approach that is more effective and more reflective of our values, and they are calling on the city to act. This charter amendment creates a structure that supports that vision and allows our city to innovate.”   And when this new Department of Public Safety has even more problems than the Minneapolis Police Department will the same City Council members blame the new department for the failures?  Will they blame systemic racism on a department that they created?

To be able to get it onto the next city ballot, the proposal has to first be approved by the City Council and the city Charter Commission.

The Tribune said that the Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, is concerned that the proposal “would diminish accountability.”

“I believe in a comprehensive approach. That’s what we’re hearing from people,” Frey said. “We are not hearing people want to dilute accountability by having the head of public safety report to 14 people.”

By the way, all of the politicians we’re talking about here are Democrat members of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party with the exception of one who is a member of the Green Party.  There is not a single Republican sitting on the City Council, and they probably wouldn’t ever listen to one if there were.

‘America is Over’: Six Hundred Arrested in Minneapolis Protest Against Trump

‘America is Over’: Six Hundred Arrested in Minneapolis Protest Against Trump

Have you noticed the different way mayors and governors are reacting to the riots now that the election is over? In Portland, Governor Katie Brown sent in the National Guard along with military equipment. Now, in Minneapolis, they have arrested over six hundred people who were blocking a highway.

Mayor Jacob Frey and Governor Tim Walz stood by as rioters set fires to 700 businesses before the election and the first riot after the election they arrested 600 people for blocking I-94. Do you believe this is coincidental? How about Portland? Democrats stood by as billions of dollars were destroyed and Portland has had riots for over 100 days.

KNSI:

State troopers and Minneapolis police cited 646 people for walking on the highway and being a public nuisance after the protest that started on the streets of Minneapolis spilled onto 94.

No chemical irritants or force were used, and no one was hurt.

94 was shut down between Highway 280 in St. Paul and Interstate 35W in Minneapolis for hours while people were cited. The roadway finally reopened at 1:23 a.m.

The State Patrol and Minneapolis police were assisted by the Hennepin County Sherriff’s Office, University of Minnesota Police Department, and Metro Transit Police.

Under Minnesota law, it is illegal for pedestrian, bicycle, or non-motorized traffic to be on the freeway.

Thirteen people were arrested for shooting off fireworks and spray painting store fronts. Twelve female and one male. They were charged with suspicion of rioting.

The rioters were spray painting buildings, blocking traffic and throw street signs and other objects into the street.

MN State Patrol@MnDPS_MSP·State Patrol troopers are working with @MinneapolisPD to arrest protestors who entered the freeway near eastbound I-94 and Riverside Avenue.9061458MN State Patrol@MnDPS_MSP·Troopers continue to arrest protestors on I-94 at Riverside Avenue. Walking on the freeway is illegal and very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists. We respect the right of everyone to express themselves under the First Amendment, but the freeway is not a place to do that.

Fox reported that the pretest started off peaceably but then turned violent as started shooting fireworks at the police. At that point, the police moved in.

Trump Replies To Minn’s Dem Gov Request For Federal Tax Money To Fix His $500MM Mess: You Can Go Pound Sand

Trump Replies To Minn’s Dem Gov Request For Federal Tax Money To Fix His $500MM Mess: You Can Go Pound Sand

Opinion| If you can’t foot the bill … defend the hill?  I’m sure you can come up with a better saying, but this is the gist of the Trump administration’s response to Minnesota’s Democrat Governor Walz’s request for a half a billion dollars.

Walz is seeking to use your money to repair the damage from the riots and civil unrest that ensued following George Floyd’s death, while handcuffed, in police custody.

The little kid, Jacob Frey, who somehow was elected Mayor of Minneapolis, provided no leadership during the riots that ensued after his police department killed George Floyd.

In this viral clip you can learn everything you need to know about lil Jacob, his judgement, his leadership, and his striking stature:

NBC ‘News’ reported at the time:

‘Police had cleared the 3rd precinct shortly after 10 p.m., when demonstrators forcibly entered and “ignited several fires,” department spokesman John Elder said.

Mayor Jacob Frey said Friday in an early morning news conference that he made the decision to pull police out of the precinct. “You know brick and mortar is not as important as life,” he said.

He called the vandalism and arson “unacceptable,” but vowed that officers would still patrol the community served by the 3rd Precinct. “We will continue to do our jobs in that area,” Frey said.’

The moral of the story is that actions have consequences, and now it looks like Minnesota is going to be on the hook for their electing of feckless leadership and their neighbors lawlessness:

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” for the state of Minnesota in his request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 2. More than 1,500 buildings were damaged by fires, looting and vandalism in the days of unrest that followed Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody, racking up more than $500 million in damages, according to Walz.

The governor’s spokesman, Teddy Tschann, confirmed late Friday that the request for federal aid was denied.

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” Tschann said in a statement. “As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through.”

Republican Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer on Thursday sent a letter to Trump in response to Walz’s aid request, asking for a “thorough and concurrent review” of the state’s response to the unrest so that “every governor, mayor and local official can learn from our experiences” and prevent such a situation from happening again.

“If the federal government is expected to assist in the clean-up of these unfortunate weeks, it has an obligation to every American — prior to the release of funding — to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again,” Emmer wrote.

Minnesota Public Radio reported:

“After a thorough review of Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration from extensive fire damage as a result of civil unrest in late May and early June, it was determined that the impact to public infrastructure is within the capabilities of the local and state governments to recover from. The governor has 30 days to appeal that decision.”

Call me crazy, but how about Minnesota starts talking about helping pay for all the other cities who saw looting and riots due to their actions and ineptitude?

If America does not restore personal responsibility soon, we are going to fall into a very, very dark place.

It’s Official, Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes to dismantle police. Taking a holistic approach

It’s Official, Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes to dismantle police. Taking a holistic approach

Minneapolis City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city’s charter Friday to remove the mandate for a police department— the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd‘s death.

The amendment proposes the city replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach,” a draft of the amendment said.

The proposal adds that the director of the new agency would have “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.” It also suggests setting up a division of licensed peace officers, who would answer to the department’s director.

Although the amendment received a 12-0 vote from council members, it faces an uphill battle as it makes its way past a policy committee and to the city’s Charter Commission for a formal review, at which point citizens and city officials can also weigh in.

If successful, the amendment will be put on the November ballot for a vote in the general election.

In this June 1, 2020 file photo, an emotional Terrence Floyd, second from right, is comforted as he sits at the spot at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn., where his brother George Floyd, encountered police and died while in their custody. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews File)

In this June 1, 2020 file photo, an emotional Terrence Floyd, second from right, is comforted as he sits at the spot at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn., where his brother George Floyd, encountered police and died while in their custody.

The pressure to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department mounted after the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody on May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes.

However, the city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, has resisted collapsing the department entirely, saying that the proposal to do so shows a “significant lack of clarity.”

“If I’m seeing a lack of clarity, so are our constituents,” said Frey, who is a Democrat and who has said he supports deep structural change in the existing department.

Barry Clegg, chairman of the Charter Commission, has said the process to implement change so quickly after Floyd’s death may not be the best step forward.

“As I understand it, they are saying, ‘We are going to have this new department. We don’t know what it’s going to look like yet. We won’t implement this for a year, we’ll figure it out,’” Clegg said. “For myself anyway, I would prefer that we figured it out first, and then voted on it.”

Source: Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes on plan to dismantle police department in wake of anti-brutality protests

Democrats are leading the charge to defund the police despite Americans’  concerns. 

Democrats are leading the charge to defund the police despite Americans’  concerns. 

The Democratic-led House of Representatives on Monday is expected to unveil new legislation aimed at defunding police departments across the country.

If you are wondering if the Democrats are doing this with the blessing of the American people a poll shows they are not. A recent poll conducted by YouGov found “despite calls by activists and protesters to defund police departments, most Americans do not support reducing law enforcement budgets.” Just 16 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans said they were in favor of the idea.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Sunday went against the city council, reiterating that he does not support abolishing the city’s police force after Floyd died in custody May 25 after white officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Frey, instead, vowed to work relentlessly with Chief Medaria Arradondo and the community “toward deep, structural reform and addressing systemic racism in police culture.” He also said he would put the city’s powerful police union “in its place,” but fell short of promising to dismantle the force.

Nine city council members, including Jeremiah Ellison, the son of state Attorney General Keith Ellison, who declared his support for Antifa, spoke at a protest in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park earlier Sunday to commit “to end policing as we know it and recreate systems that actually keep us safe.”

“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department,” Council President Lisa Bender said. “It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.”

Demonstrators march toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Congress:

House and Senate Democrats on Monday are expected to unveil the new “Justice in Policing Act of 2020,” which includes major overhauls for how police officers around the country will do their jobs.

It includes prohibiting the use of chokeholds, lowering legal standards to pursue criminal and civil penalties for police misconduct, and banning certain no-knock warrants, NPR reported, citing a Democratic congressional aide.

“These are commonsense changes that, frankly, will create a far greater level of accountability for those police officers who violate the law, who violate our rights and who violate our common community standards,” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. told NPR on Sunday.

The plan was developed by Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee.

“Persistent, unchecked bias in policing and history of lack of accountability is wreaking havoc on the black community. Cities are literally on fire with the pain and anguish wrought by the violence visited upon black and brown bodies,” the bill’s sponsors wrote in a letter to colleagues Saturday. “While there is no single policy prescription that will erase the decades of systemic racism and excessive policing – it’s time we create structural change with meaningful reforms.”

Though Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have recognized “egregious wrongs,” in police brutality cases, GOP lawmakers were not included in the drafting of the bill and, therefore, are expected to initially oppose the measure.

“I think we can easily find common ground on both sides and we can do it swiftly, but it’s more difficult if you’re away,” House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday. “Members of Congress should not be called back for one week and say, ‘Here are all the bills.'”

New York City:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday he would accede to protesters’ demands by moving to shift funds away from the NYPD toward youth and social services.

“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” the mayor said Sunday.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that he tasked the city to “identify $250 million in cuts” to invest more money into the black community, communities of color, women and “people who have been left behind.”

The Los Angeles Times reported the city will try and cut between $100 million to $150 million from its police budget alone.

“While our work for racial justice begins in L.A., it must echo throughout our state and across our nation. I will keep working with leaders in Sacramento and D.C. to advance legislation that protects black lives and communities of color long denied equity in our laws,” Garcetti tweeted on Friday.

The mayor also announced he would launch the city’s new Civil and Human Rights Department and Civil and Human Rights Commission this summer to “protect anyone who lives, works in or visits L.A. from discrimination or denial of equal treatment in private employment, housing, education or commerce.”

Garcetti said he supported the work done by members of the California black caucus to “restore voting rights to those serving parole, improve emergency response services for historically neglected communities, and seek reparations for the impact of slavery.”

He also said he was working with Sens. Harris and Booker, and Rep. Karen Bass, whose congressional district includes Los Angeles, to “pursue a national standard on the use of force, independent federal investigations of police brutality, and consent decrees on departments with a pattern of brutality and discrimination.”

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose congressional district includes Minneapolis, has voiced her support for the council members’ plan.

“No one is advocating for lawlessness. No one is advocating for our community to be in danger or crime to happen in Minneapolis without there being accountability,” Omar said. “This is an opportunity for us to get rid of a system that was built not to provide safety and serve and to start to put into place a system that does provide that safety.”

Democrats are all about control. The American people need to pay attention to what this legislation Congress is rolling out will include.

 

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