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As Homicide Rates Soar In Minneapolis, City Council Members Now Say ‘Defund The Police’ Was Never Their ‘Framework’

A pair of Minneapolis City Council members are claiming “defund the police” was never part of their planned “framework,” just days after a vote to move nearly $8 million from the department’s budget while homicide rates have soared in the city.

In an interview with KSTP Eyewitness News, Steve Fletcher and Phillipe Cunningham both concurred that the plan was never about defunding the police and implied the department was simply a casualty of unavoidable budgeting issues.

“‘Defund’ is not the framework the council has ever chosen,” Fletcher claimed.

Cunningham, according to the network, “audibly agreed.”

Fletcher continued, “If we’re going to look at how we fund different programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department.”

Last week, the Minneapolis City Council voted to “redirect” $7.77 million from the police department toward other programs.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frye (D) said he would veto the proposed budget if any police officer positions were cut.

RELATED: Minneapolis City Council Shocked By Surge In Crime – Two Months After Voting To Defund The Police

Minneapolis City Council Votes To Defund Police

It is rather difficult to take Fletcher and Cunningham seriously when they suggest the plan was never about defunding the police, especially when the Council is notably on record as supporting such efforts.

Over the summer, the council took numerous steps to redirect funding away from the department, including an amendment to remove $1 million from their budget and reallocate it toward hiring “violence interrupters.”

They announced their intentions in June, according to the Guardian, when “a veto-proof majority of council members declared their intent to ‘dismantle’ and ‘abolish’ the embattled police agency.”

As for Fletcher and Cunningham, the Daily Mail reports that they “appeared with seven colleagues on a stage bearing a huge sign reading ‘Defund Police’ during a protest in Powderhorn Park.”

While these two council members play semantics on their phrasing of reallocating funds as opposed to defunding, the city suffers.

Compared to last year, according to Minneapolis Police Department data, murders are up 90 percent so far in the city.

Just two months after voting to defund the police, other Minneapolis City Council members were dismayed over a surge in violent crimes – which Fox News reports include daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, and shootings.

RELATED: Biden In Leaked Audio: ‘Defund the Police’ Is A Losing Matter, We Should Avoid Talking Police Reform Until After Georgia Runoffs

The Framework For Georgia Senate Candidates

The Minneapolis City Council’s efforts to defund the police should serve as a cautionary tale for voters heading to the polls in January for the Georgia Senate runoffs.

Joe Biden has made it clear to his fellow Democrats that defunding the police is a political loser, not because the idea isn’t supported, but that he thinks the party needs to hide their anti-law enforcement views from the American people until after the Georgia runoffs.

“I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur,” Biden said in leaked audio with several prominent civil rights leaders.

Biden told the civil rights leaders “to think about how much do we push between now and January 5th,” the date of the Georgia runoffs, regarding police reform, but still promised a “full-blown commission” to examine the matter.

It appears odd for Biden and Democrats to be concerned about the matter as it relates to Georgia – the media and fact-checkers insist that neither of the Democrat candidates in the Georgia runoffs support defunding the police. 

So why would Biden be concerned?

The 2020 elections as a whole are another matter.

Audio of a wild conference call leaked shortly after the election featuring several members of the Democrat caucus “angrily confronting” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over their party’s election losses.

Several members of the caucus blasted radical progressives for tying the party to efforts to “defund the police”.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), specifically citing the Georgia runoffs, also urged his party to downplay “Medicare for all or defunding police or socialized medicine,” adding that if Democrats pursued such policies, “we’re not going to win.”

Their concerns are not without merit.

Politico reporter Marc Caputo shared the sentiment of a top Miami Democrat, who claimed that the calls to “defund the police” cost Democrats the state of Florida.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • They spent 8-10 months bashing cops, and NO ONE is forgetting that, so why in the name of Ba'al's balls, would they try this insane gaslighting??????
    Guess they (finally) realized who's getting blamed when things start burning down again, and no cops are coming to help.

  • Check it out. The murder rate has gone up 50% or more in every major city where Democrats are in charge. Why anyone would keep voting these self-serving incompetents into office is baffling. That's like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

  • Well, how else are they going to prove that they're all a bunch of elitist hypocrites?... Wait, I just thought of a few dozen more.....

  • At least you mental midgets have your armed security teams paid for with taxpayers' money for your own protection. lol

  • It is a typical CYA move by the children that Minneapolis voted into power.
    In the series 'Golden Girls', Betty White plays the part of a Pollyannaish Swede from Minnesota.
    It appears from the debacle now about to enter its second year that Minnesota is peopled with her stereotype.

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