From Rolling Stone: What Happened to Promises to Disband the Minneapolis Police?

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    4.5% cut (or, more accurately, funding other things) is not necessarily an awful outcome.

    But I was reading the comments to the post about Camden and remembered that there was a movement to disband and I wondered what had happened to it.

    3 weeks ago, Rolling Stone wrote a story explaining what happened to it.

    Read the whole thing.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    Yeah, defund was never gonna happen.

    Honestly, police, and the public, need to decide what the police are here to do. Do the respond to every little thing, or do they only respond to violent crimes and the aftermath thereof?

    I think one of the big things people need to come to grips with is that not every LE agent needs a gun. Since 9/11, perhaps even before, LEA have been arming everyone with a badge (much like every agency having some flavor of SWAT), and frankly, it is harmful and dangerous.Report

    • Avatar InMD in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      Defund was and has always been HL Mencken territory. Frankly I think we’ll look back on this as a missed opportunity. There were 5 minutes I thought I’d have to revisit my post on the Daniel Shaver thing but I’m getting pretty confident I won’t.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      I note that the cities (which includes the big suburbs) up and down the Colorado Front Range are now putting money into co-responders, mental health professionals that are dispatched 24/7 for calls that appear to have a mental health aspect. So far as I can tell from reading, everyone including the regular LEOs are pleased with it.Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Michael Cain
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        You’ve mentioned that before, and I am stoked to hear it’s going well, but it’s something the biggest cities need to do as well, and the biggest counties.

        It won’t take off until NY, Chicago, LA, etc. start doing it.Report

  3. Avatar greginak
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    To many people who have real problems with the cops got caught up in hashtags and slogans. Those things are nice but they aren’t change. Change takes time, specific proposals, electing people who you keep working with and lots of boring details. Change is slow and a grind. Take all the energy from the protests and distribute it throughout the year and you can make progress. Protests themselves are nice, not cosmic or world changing. They can help but protests and slogans do not go that far.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak
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      From the article:

      The city council did follow through, initially, in June by proposing a measure for the November ballot that would ask voters to approve replacing the police with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. But this ambition was halted in August when the Minneapolis Charter Commission (an offshoot of state government that provides oversight to the city) blocked the measure from appearing on the fall ballot, and then voted in November to scuttle it.

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