Minneapolis City Council President: I'm Willing To Stand For a ‘Police-Free Future'
Lisa Bender makes residents nervous with worrying statement
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender declared she was “willing to stand” with those who want the goal of a "police free future."
Speaking to CNN on Monday night, Bender said, “the idea of having a police-free future is very aspirational."
CNN host Chris Cuomo said:
“When you say you see someday being police free, that sounds aspirational in terms of a utopian concept where nobody’s committing any crime because as long as these communities are being preyed upon, both from within and [outside], there’s going to have to be good men and women willing to step up to keep people safe.”
“I think the idea of having a police free future is very aspirational, and I am willing to stand with community members who are asking us to think of that as the goal because so many folks in our community have seen us work on reform.”
Benders remarks come after Donald Trump reiterated his warning against calls to defund the police from the Democrats and radical left.
“LAW & ORDER, NOT DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE,” Trump wrote.
“The Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!”
LAW & ORDER, NOT DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE. The Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Bender if she understood that "dismantle" and "police free", is making people nervous.
“What if in the middle of night, my home is broken into? Who do I call?” Camerota asked.
“Yes, I mean, hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors."
“And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done.”
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told CNN’s Chris Cuomo tonight that a "police free future" is "the goal."pic.twitter.com/94WSE8Xowp— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) June 9, 2020
CNN's Wolf Blitzer later pressed Bender:
“What happens if there is a criminal out there with a gun and starts shooting people?” Blitzer asked.
“Who will respond if there’s no police force?”
“Look, it is our top priority to keep every single member of our community safe, and if you look back at the last 150 years of our police department, it is becoming increasingly clear that that model of policing isn’t working."
"So, we need to invite in our whole community.“
"The nine members of the city council that came from every corner of our city to stand together to make this commitment, we don’t have all the answers and what we committed to was a community process to help re-imagine public safety, so yes, we still have a police department in Minneapolis today.”
Last week, officials in Minneapolis, Minnesota, vowed that the city will “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and “replace” the law enforcement agency.
City Councilman Jeremiah Ellison wrote on Twitter:
“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department."
“And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together," he continued.
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020
Meanwhile, New York City's Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYPD's $6 billion budget would be cut and the money transferred to social services.
The Mayor declared he would be investing police funds into youth programs and social services for minority communities.
"We need to do a lot more for our young people," de Blasio said during a press conference.
"We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services."