Minneapolis Slashes Police Budget by $8 Million Amid Growing Crime Rates

The Minneapolis City Council has carried out their threat to defund the city’s police department by voting to removes $8 million of the department’s budget.

The council decreed that the $8 million will be re-dedicated to “alternate public safety strategies.” Whatever that is supposed to mean.

The council did make one concession, though. They decided not to reduce the size and staff of the department like the anti-cop left had originally proposed.

“The City Council adopted a 2021 budget!!” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender tweeted on Thursday. “All the #SafetyForAllBudget proposals passed for 2021. Mental health, violence prevention, oversight and more.”

The City Council toned down its initial call to fully defund the police and radically transform the city’s concept of public safety. However, the council has not fully revoked its design to destroy its police department.

But even as the city council has begun ripping apart its police department, the city is engulfed in a wave of rising crime.

Homicides are up 85 percent, carjackings are up 331 percent, and there have been 532 gunshot victims so far in 2020, which is up more than 100 percent from 2019.

Meanwhile, the city continues to fall apart around the ears of this left-wing city council.

Still, while the $8 million is a huge chunk, the department’s full budget o $179 million.

However, the city’s police union is furious over the city council’s betrayal of the police.

“The City Council is decimating the police department. The number of working officers is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. Murders, shootings, and other violent crimes are approaching record levels. Our officers are severely overworked, understaffed, and cannot keep the public safe with these cuts,” Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll told Fox News.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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