If a city experiences a dramatic and lethal surge in its crime rate, the obvious culprits aren’t the crooks and criminals who are breaking the law.
At least that’s the warped logic pushed by radical leftists like Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who at a recent town hall blamed Minneapolis police officers for Minnesota’s nearly 17% spike in violent crime, which included a record-breaking 185 murders.
The “lawlessness that is happening is due to two things,” Omar said.
“One, the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed to the citizens they serve,” Omar opined. “The Minneapolis Police Department is the most dysfunctional in our state and probably the country.”
That skewed view contrasted sharply to more reasoned voices from Minnesota, such as Rep. Brian Johnson, the top Republican on the state’s House public safety committee, who blasted Democrats for not taking the situation seriously after the release of the latest crime stats.
“With [Democrat] politicians pushing anti-law enforcement and defund the police policies in our cities,” Johnson said, “it’s more important than ever that we step up at the state level to address rising crime and make Minnesota a safe place for families.”
It would likely require a huge step in the face of increasingly fringe policy proposals from Democrats like Omar, who supports a Nov. 2 ballot measure to replace the entire Minneapolis police department with a kinder, gentler “Department of Public Safety.”
While trying to maintain some semblance of actual law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death and ensuing race riots, Minneapolis police have had to deal with sagging morale, staffing issues, and cries from unhinged activists to defund the police.
The proposed Minneapolis initiative would remove the requirement that the city have a minimum number of officers based on the city’s population.
According to Omar’s logic, there apparently wouldn’t be any minimum to the number of criminals out on the streets robbing, raping and murdering. And certainly, they wouldn’t get any of the blame for Minnesota’s wave of violent crime.
Ilhan Omar accuses police of not fulfilling their oath of office and blames them for the rise in violent crime in Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/3LhuOuXEff
— Mike Berg (@MikeKBerg) October 25, 2021