Reality has caught up with the Defund the Police movement. Minneapolis voters, suffering through a bloody crime wave, resoundingly rejected a ballot initiative Tuesday that would have dismantled the city’s police department and replaced it with social workers. The vote has significance for public safety nationwide.
Defund advocacy began in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd during an arrest in May 2020. Mayor Jacob Frey immediately blamed police racism for Floyd’s demise: “Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” he announced. Presidential candidate Joe Biden picked up the refrain, denouncing American law enforcement as systemically biased. The Minneapolis City Council called for replacing the city’s police department with a “new transformative model for cultivating safety,” even as rioters burned and looted the city’s public buildings and businesses.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor at City Journal, and the author of the bestselling War on Cops and The Diversity Delusion. Follow her on Twitter here.
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