Mayoral candidates in Minnesota are calling for extreme measures to prevent a police officer from ever again shooting a civilian. Minnesota State Rep. Ray Dehn has called for police to be “disarmed.” Another candidate, Nekima Levy-Pounds, is demanding a “paradigm shift” in police culture in Minneapolis.
A recent police shooting was the impetus for the solutions by Democrats. A Somali police officer kills a white woman with seemingly little impetus and the candidates for Mayor Hodges’ position conclude, before the investigation is complete, that we need to disarm police and do more of the social work police training that obviously hasn’t worked.
In what world, is this response appropriate?
Candidates for mayor, a job directly responsible for the police department, are competing with each other to win popular support. That includes stopping all civilian deaths by police.
Rep. Dehn’s proposal was the most idiotic and he is the leading contender for mayor. Dehn has no idea what a justice system is. “We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system,” Dehn said in a statement Friday.
He added that police officers should have access to weapons when they need them and he explained what that means.
“Officers don’t need to carry guns on their person all the time,” Dehn said Tuesday. “Currently, officers carry all sorts of assault weapons in their cars. So why can’t one of those weapons be the side arm? It’s important that we begin to have a conversation, and I would say that all things are on the table.”
He acknowledged, however, that “we live in a culture where guns are pervasive. Cops carrying guns is part of a larger conversation about guns in our society,” Dehn said.
If the officers keep their guns in their cars, how would that have helped Justine Damond? She was shot by an officer sitting in a police car.
How is Dehn going to disarm the gangs running rampant? He is one of those who would take guns away from the innocent who are protected by the Second Amendment.
Other contenders for mayor are Council Member Jacob Frey and Tom Hoch, the former head of the Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Frey finished second and wants “massive reform…today”. Frey said the police must presume misconduct if body cameras are not activated.
Presuming guilt is not American.
The police department has introduced body cameras, mandated officer training on how to de-escalate situations, and put officers through training on how to recognize and work through their biases.
Levy-Pounds, another candidate, is out lambasting the police culture.
Candidate Hoch will wait for the investigation to be complete. Good idea!