Friday, May 24, 2024

Two years after Floyd death, Minneapolis still struggles to hire police

Vilify law enforcement while exalting drug-addicted career criminals? When that’s your city’s modus operandi, you should not be surprised when hundreds of police officers resign en masse and nobody shows up to take their place.

After black career criminal George Floyd died while resisting arrest in the city of Minneapolis in 2020, a kangaroo court quickly convicted white officer Derek Chauvin of murder and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. If the court’s goal was to appease the black crowd who quickly took to the streets to riot, loot innocent businesses and burn down their own neighborhoods, it didn’t work. 

The initial medical examiner’s investigation into Floyd’s death revealed “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” In other words, the large amounts of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cannabis in Floyd’s system played just as much a role, or perhaps more, in his death as did Chauvin.  

Derek Chauvin had every right to protect himself while struggling to arrest Floyd, a man of large build who was well-known in the area for having a penchant for drug abuse and a prison record for committing violent crimes. 

It came as no big surprise then that when Chauvin was convicted of murder, hundreds of Minneapolis police officers walked off the job in solidarity, instantly reducing the department to a third of its original size.

And it continues. Only 57 people have applied as police recruits thus far in 2022, down from 292 in 2019. While each class of recruits at the city’s police academy can accommodate 40 trainees, only six made up the class that graduated last month. Six new officers to help police a sprawling city of 420,000.

The reason for the shortage of officers is simple, however. Why would anyone apply for a job in a crime-ridden city rife with racial conflicts that portrays the good guys as bad guys and makes a martyr out of a man like George Floyd? When simply doing your job could land you in prison for murder?

When city officials were discussing plans to defund the police and instead rely on social workers to keep the city safe it was a clear sign to the young officers to seek employment elsewhere. 

Jury selection begins today for a state trial for two other ex-MPD officers over their role in Floyd’s death. The two former officers, both minorities, are facing possible prison terms for “aiding and abetting” in Floyd’s demise.

Places like Minneapolis and other crime-ridden Democrat-led cesspools created their own violent mess through poor leadership and a horrendous revolving door judicial system. Now they will just have to deal with it on their own with no cavalry on the way to help anytime soon.