GOP Challenger To Ilhan Omar Slams ‘Reckless’ Call To Dismantle Police

Lacy Lee Johnson is a Republican looking to unseat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who on Tuesday called the Minneapolis City Council “reckless” for moving to dismantle the police department in the wake of the widespread protests against George Floyd’s death.

Lacy Lee Johnson on Omar and City Council: ‘They are putting our community at risk’

“We have a reckless city council making reckless decisions about the safety and health of our community by passing this law to disband, stop funding the police. They are putting our community at risk,” Johnson said on Tuesday during an interview with “Fox and Friends.”


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Johnson’s comments occurred after Omar and a city council majority showed support for dismantling the police department.

Omar: ‘The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root’

“The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root and so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer and we allow for something beautiful to rise,” Omar said during a protest.

Nine out of 12 council members took part in a rally Sunday afternoon in a city park, where they vowed to end policing as it is currently being done.

“It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” council president Lisa Bender  said. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.”

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Johnson Says Dismantling the Police Department is a ‘Bad Decision’

Johnson disagreed, saying that criminals would have a major advantage in a cop-free environment.

“They are making Minneapolis an unattractive place for tourists and businesses, and they’re just not putting enough thought into what they’re doing. So it’s just a reckless decision, Steve, of how they go about doing this,” Johnson told Fox News.

“To show you how reckless it is, they have presented no alternatives to the police, defunding the police,” Johnson concluded. “So it’s just a bad decision all the way around.”

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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