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Be careful what you wish for

February 2021

For those who still think it’s a great idea to de-fund the police, or even disband their police forces, Minneapolis City Council recently decided that disbanding their police force would be a bad idea, less than a year after the June 2020 vote.

The inconvenient truth is that since that vote, crime in Minneapolis has skyrocketed. Carjackings alone in Minneapolis were up 537 percent in 2020 when compared to November 2019.

Minneapolis residents filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to have enough police officers to protect the city, a problem exacerbated by the fact that 200 police officers have left the police force in the past year, with others on medical leave.

There was a unanimous vote at the 12 February Minneapolis City Council meeting to spend $6.4 million from the new Public Safety Staffing Reserve Fund to cover the cost of hiring new officers to police the city.

So much for getting rid of the police. Didn’t the councillors learn from the disaster that happened in Seattle, Washington, last summer, when anarchists took over a section of the city, deeming it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). That “experiment” proved to be a complete disaster, when it turned into an American version of Somalia, instead of the socialist, police-free utopia that its organizers wanted.

Police are far from perfect, just like everything else human, but the opposite of law and order, is anarchy. I’ll take law and order.

Sources: Minneapolis Council Approves $6.4M To Hire Cops After Spending Months Trying To Abolish Police – The Police Tribune, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone – Wikipedia.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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