We got this wrong – get used to it
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There has been a steady increase in lawlessness felt in the Twin Cities since 2020, when the defund the police movement promoted weeks of rioting and the burning of the Police 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis — a structure that sits two years later, like a burned-out trophy for criminality.
Since then, we have returned to levels of violence that rival the “Murderapolis” days of the mid 1990’s.
The difference is that in 2022, the common citizen is feeling a sense of randomness and utter lawlessness that hasn’t existed in the past. In the past we have been insulated from much of the violence that circulated among the criminal element — that’s no longer the case.
Seeing a show at a theater on Hennepin Ave, walking on the Stone Arch Bridge, going to a sporting event, or just returning to your car after grocery shopping in the suburbs has taken on an element of danger that never existed in the past.
Our new norm was on full display last night for the 4th of July. Note — the City of Minneapolis had previously cancelled its fireworks display for the third year in a row. Any hope of avoiding violence was dashed.
Here are a just a few excerpts from last evening on the Crimewatch Mpls Twitter account:
This level of lawlessness cannot be allowed to continue. We must demand action from our political leaders — unfortunately too many of them are not even willing to identify the problem.
Here is a list of the local political leadership social media responses to the mayhem in Minneapolis last night:
Lawlessness will not fade until we see resolute, top-down leadership emerge. The crime problem needs to be identified, and a strategic plan needs to be developed to address it.
The newest member of the Minneapolis City Council, Ward 3 Councilman Michael Rainville, might represent our best bet. He has shown his willingness to identify the problem — and that is welcomed in 2022.
“Police were getting assaulted by fireworks and other objects and often had no choice but to retreat. He noted that Minneapolis is down more than 300 officers and “these people know that the police are outnumbered. This lawlessness cannot continue. We need help from the governor. He has to bring in the National Guard to Minneapolis. I would like to ask Gov. Walz why he doesn’t care about public safety in Minneapolis. I wish he’d call me.”
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