Climbing crime rates have many constituents unhappy. Of course, lawmakers are looking for someone to blame.
Blaming The Officers
Even though Minneapolis has defunded its law enforcement, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar blames the rise in violent crime on the cities police officers. In a town hall held at Edison High School, Omar reaffirmed her support for a Minneapolis City Charter amendment attempting to get on the November ballot.
It would abolish the Minneapolis police. The ballot measure is being reviewed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to ensure that the wording is clear enough to be voted on.
Omar said that since the system is not working "for the people it's supposed to serve, you have to go back to the drawing board." She also placed the blame for the violent crime surge in the city on the police's shoulders.
"What we must also recognize is that the reduction in policing currently in our city, and the lawlessness that is happening is due to two things. One, the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed to the citizens they serve, right? It’s documented. But even before that, it was documented. The Minneapolis Police Department is the most dysfunctional police department, in our state and probably in the country.”U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar
She said that the second reason was a lack of accountability. However, crime rates have been high in the city for quite some time, long before George Floyd's death, and now there are even fewer officers patrolling the streets.