For those with a short memory, Minneapolis is where it all started. It’s the city where on May 25, George Floyd, a black man, died of asphyxiation and drugs during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill. It is the city where the phrase peaceful protest was coined shortly after to describe the millions of dollars of destruction resulting from fires and random acts of violence perpetrated in Floyd’s name.
It is perhaps best remembered as the city where the notion of abolishing the police was born. On June 12, the city council unanimously voted to abolish the police department and replace the law enforcement agency with “a community-led public safety system.”
Now Minneapolis has a new claim t0 fame. Eight residents have banded together to sue the city for the lack of police protection in the midst of a surge in violent crime brought about no doubt by the city council’s earlier actions. According to CBS Minneapolis affiliate WCCO, the eight litigants are residents of the Jordan neighborhood in north Minneapolis, which is under siege.
“Every single night on any block in this neighborhood you can hear gunshots!” Cathy Spann, one of the plaintiffs, is quoted as saying. “Every single freaking night!”
It would seem to me that the eight complainants have an open-and-shut case but they are suing the wrong party. They should be taking out their frustrations on the city council.