The Minneapolis City Council on Sunday voted to disband its police department and invest in community-based public safety programs following calls from activists to ‘defund the police,’ in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
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It sounds like a good move to please to protesters, but I doubt that the city council members really thought about what the consequences will be.
Because without any police force.there will be:
1) No more official law enforcement. The court system will seize to function as nobody will have the lawful authority to arrest suspects. A "“new transformative model for cultivating safety.” will not cut it.
2) Petty misdemeanors and large scale crime will run rampant as once again there is no law enforcement. It can go from simply running a red light to robbing a bank. No police, no consequences for the perpetrators.
3) Ordinary people will either flee or stay. If they stay they will need to arm themselves as once again there is nobody else to call. Perhaps form "armed militias" to patrol the neighborhoods. Is that what the city councilors really want?
4) Housing values will plummet to close to zero as nobody in their right mind wants to move TO Minneapolis, only flee FROM Minneapolis.
5) The financial stability of Minneapolis will be in jeopardy as plummeting homes values will leave the city coffers increasingly empty. Besides, why would the citizens of Minneapolis pay taxes in the first place as there is no way for the city to force the collection thereof?