A police-free Minneapolis

This should prove to be more than a little amusing:

Minneapolis City Council members have announced their intention to make radical changes in the city’s police department in the wake of violent protests that were sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in police custody.

Nine of the council’s 12 members appeared at a rally in a city park Sunday afternoon and vowed to end policing as the city currently knows it.

The council members ended up standing before hundreds of people on a grassy hill and pledged to begin the process of taking apart the Police Department in its current form.
Council Member Jeremiah Ellison promised that the council would ‘dismantle’ the department.
At another protest on Saturday, Rep. Ilhan Omar declared ‘it’s time to disband the Minneapolis Police Department. I will never cosign on funding a police department that continues to brutalize us and I will never stop saying, not only do we need dis-invest police but we need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,’ she said.

Of course, they may not have any police willing to work there much longer anyhow. One friend was speaking to a longtime officer today and it appears that a significant percentage of the MPD is now eligible for retirement and is increasingly inclined to take it.

He mentioned he had been on the force for nearly 30 years and had concerns about others that are “retirement-eligible” resigning – some have already in light of the recent events and almost 20{105b5945f2a7891a3dd860d3a09046b26c32f8a07d097b566642738deee8841e} of the force is currently eligible. 

At some point, it is going to occur to the general population that the ever-present problem is not the police.