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Minneapolis police say ‘autonomous zone’ delayed cops and EMS response to brutal assault

First responders were delayed in giving medical assistance to a victim of a brutal assault inside an alleged “autonomous zone” in Minneapolis, according to police. But a spokesperson for a citizens group inside the autonomous zone claim that police and EMS were not impeded from helping the man who was severely beaten.

KSTP-TV interviewed the man who was attacked, who asked to only be identified by his first name, Dan. He is the owner of Mill City Autobody, which is located inside the four-block autonomous zone in downtown Minneapolis near the memorial dedicated to George Floyd. There are barricades blocking entry into the area, as well as signs that read “NO PIGS” and “YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE FREE STATE OF GEORGE FLOYD.”

“Concrete barricades surrounding the intersection prevent cars from driving through. Police officers do not enter the space — nor are they welcome,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune
wrote earlier this month. City officials say businesses inside the occupied zone are “suffering” and “it’s difficult for first responders to enter without the help of the neighbors who guard the barricades.”

Around 5 p.m. on Aug. 5, Dan was violently attacked and knocked unconscious during a robbery attempt.

“I was in my office and I heard a noise. I was talking to the guy and I woke up after that in the hospital,” he told KSTP reporter Jay Kolls. “He broke my computer and took stuff out of my desk.”

“I had a broken cheekbone, teeth missing, stitches in my head and I was knocked out,” Dan said. “It took police and the ambulance a very long time to get here because they had a hard time getting inside the barricades.”

“It is difficult for ambulances to even come in here when they have to remove some of these things to get through,” Dan’s wife, who wanted to remain anonymous, said.

The Minneapolis Police Department said it took 14 minutes to respond to the violent incident with an EMS crew.

“The crowd from the George Floyd Memorial began moving toward us and people were hollering that they were going to kick our a**** and that we would have to kill them,” an internal police report obtained by KSTP states.

Marcia Howard, a
high school English teacher who works with a citizens’ group to help keep order in the autonomous zone, told KSTP-TV that there were no hostile crowds that prevented first responders from assisting the wounded man.

“They came in unimpeded, unfettered with EMS,” Howard said. “They are not being met with violence or hostile crowds and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant lie.”

Howard and other community leaders say they are occupying the area to demand justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. In August, activists
announced a list of 24 demands that need to be met before they would open up the occupation of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

list of demands include holding the trial for the four ex-Minneapolis officers accused in George Floyd’s death; recalling Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman; investing $400,000 in a youth jobs program; and firing four top Bureau of Criminal Apprehension officials, including Superintendent Drew Evans. Thus far, only one demand has been met.

The city announced plans to open the autonomous zone last month, but the plans were scrapped. City council member Andrea Jenkins said the city and the occupants find themselves “at an impasse.”

“The intersection needs to be reopened. It’s one of the largest transit hubs in the entire city,” Jenkins said. “But there is the reality that there is this deep … reckoning that needs to happen in this country. In this entire country. The intersection at 38th and Chicago is the symbol of what is going on throughout America.”

Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told
Fox News there is no autonomous zone, but there are people who interfere with first responders.

“This autonomous zone talk is ridiculous,” Elder said. “We literally are patrolling every inch of this city that is public property bar non, period.”

“We have people throwing items at our officers as they’re trying to get Narcan to a woman that overdosed,” Elder noted. “There are certain pockets of this city where we meet substantial resistance.”

“There is no autonomous zone in the area of 38th and Chicago Avenue, or anywhere else in the City of Minneapolis,” a city spokesperson said in a statement. “Laws and enforcement responsibilities have not changed for any part of the city.”

The statement also said that the city is in negotiations with the people occupying the area, and they expect the area to reopen sometime “before winter.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) declined an interview requests from KSTP.

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‘Living in a war zone’: Minneapolis residents ‘terrified’ of increased gun violence call out elected officials, demanding, ‘Show your face to us!’

Minneapolis has been seeing a serious spike gun violence in the months since the death of George Floyd. After the tragic incident, the City Council called for a defunding of the police. As violence began to rage, the those same elected city officials demanded to know where the police were.

And now, as their city is experiencing more gunfire on a daily basis and residents are worried for their lives in what some call a “war zone,” the members of the city council are apparently no where to be found.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the gun violence in Minneapolis is like nothing the department has seen in years, WCCO-TV reported.

Police are having trouble keeping up as an unusual number of police have elected to leave the MPD or retire following their elected leadership’s call to gut the department.

WCCO interviewed residents of north Minneapolis, and they had a message for the City Council: Show yourself.

First-hand account of gun violence

Resident Liz Cruz told the station that just next door, bullets from a gunfight passed through the house, went through the dining room, and lodged the pantry, WCCO reported.

“Honestly, I haven’t really been sleeping right now, I mean, I can’t because I hear every little thing that is going on — police sirens, like the helicopters, the gun shooting, everything” Cruz said.

Cruz gave the station security camera footage from her home that recorded extensive gunfire on her street at night.

“You’re sleeping and all of a sudden you feel like you’re in a war zone,” she said. “I have four children, and I’ll sleep with them all in my room, because I am scared and I’m terrified that something is going to happen to them.”

Cruz added that she and her family and neighbors have to run inside even in the afternoon because of gunfire.

Where is the leadership?

“Nobody sees what we’ve living, nobody is feeling what we’re feeling, because they’re not here,” Cruz told WCCO

What she really wants to know is: Where is the city’s leadership?

“Help us, come and see what’s going on,” Cruz said.

“We’re really not getting any responses from the mayor or the City Council,” she added. “We feel kind of alone right now.”

Then she looked into the camera and delivered a heart-felt demand.

“Come here. Meet with us. Face us. Stay here for a weekend. For the love of God, just come here and say something to us — the people that are freaking voting for you and depend on you to take care of us!” Cruz pleaded. “Where are you? Show your face to us. Do something. Don’t just sit there and let your city go down to the ruins. Do something for us.”

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After vowing to abolish police, Minneapolis City Council demands to know ‘Where are the police?’ as violence plagues the city

After the tragic death of George Floyd rocked the nation, the Minneapolis City Council — which is composed of nearly all Democrats — took the lead in the anti-police movement, voting to defund the city’s police department. The council sought to replace traditional law enforcement with newer community-based, alternative forms of policing.

But as violent crime has plagued the city for months, the city council is now asking: “Where are the police?”

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution in June to replace the city’s police department with an alternative “community safety” model.

The development came days after the council promised anti-police residents that they would completely dismantle the city’s policing system.

What is happening now?

During a two-hour meeting with Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo this week, the Democratic city council, in brazen fashion, demanded to know why city police are not responding to the violence with enhanced law enforcement measures.

From Minnesota Public Radio:

The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, are also up. Incidents of arson have increased 55 percent over the total at this point in 2019.

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?'” Councilman Jamal Osman said, MPR reported. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.”

Council President Lisa Bender, one of the loudest anti-police voices just months ago, claimed police are being “defiant,” according to MPR.

“This is not new,” she claimed.

Meanwhile, Phillipe Cunningham chided his colleagues for looking to the police for solutions when they called for the department’s abolition just a few months ago.

“What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD,” Cunningham said.

How was the response?

Arradondo told the council that he actually has taken measures to combat the spike in crime.

Arradondo explained that more officers have been added to patrols, additional resources have been allocated for investigative duties, and he has reiterated the seriousness of the crime issue with top department brass.

However, the department is also hemorrhaging personnel, Arradondo explained. In fact, more than 100 officers have left the department this year alone, more than double the usual number. With fewer officers, law enforcement becomes much more difficult.

Anything else?

As TheBlaze reported, momentum driving the push to disband the Minneapolis police department has dissipated because, as the Minneapolis City Council has learned, highly emotional rhetoric does not translate into functional policy.

“I think when you take a statement and then move into policy work, it gets more complicated,” Bender told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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Federal Reserve Banking Terrorist Says We Need Another Lockdown To “Save” The Economy

A member of the Federal Reserve’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee said on Sunday that the only way to secure a robust economic recovery is to lock down the country again.  These people will stop at nothing until we all end up their tagged and tracked slaves.

The International Banking Cartel, which is bringing in the New World Order quickly, must crash the economy and decimate the dollar in order to go to a digital one world currency where every transaction can be tracked and traced along with people. These “creatures” as they’ve been called by Greg Manarinno before, want total world domination and another lockdown would finish off what’s left of small businesses so they can implement their goals through the Walmarts across the globe. (Corporations merging with the government is fascism and this the goal on a worldwide scale.)

“If we were to lock down hard for a month or six weeks, we could get the case count down so that our testing and our contact tracing was actually enough to control it the way that it’s happening in the Northeast right now,” said  Neal Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation. “That’s the only way we’re really going to have a real robust economic recovery.”

Kashkari wants to shut down to do intensive testing, tracking, and tracing. It has nothing to do with the economy, other than the more money they create, the faster the dollar will implode.

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The only way to have a recovery to remove the Federal Reserve and the government that has meddled in the lives of the many in order to control them. Prepare your mind first. All your preps are worthless if you cannot save your mind/spirit during this horrific spiritual war on all of us. 

Stop giving others power over you. In history, it has ALWAYS turned into rule over the many by the few. People say I offer no solutions. I do, but most don’t like them because it requires critical thinking and an exit from the left-right paradigm that’s been in control of your mind for your whole life. The easiest way to beat those who want your subjugation (banking cartel and government) is to just live. Voting doesn’t matter, the Fed chooses the president and most politicians all the way down except maybe the mayors of small insignificant towns.  Actually, in most of my articles towards the end, I offer a simple solution, and the only one that will actually work: stop believing ANYONE has power over you.  You were not born to be a slave and others were not born to be your master.

Stop living in fear, but be aware of what’s coming so you can prepare. Live your life freely the way the creator intended. If you need help understanding this situation and why you should never allow anyone to have power over you, steal from you, or control you, read Larken Rose’s The Most Dangerous Superstition. This book is essential and something the powers that shouldn’t be don’t ever want you to figure out.  Reading this book removes all illusions, however, so if you like being coddled or lied to about the true nature of power, and giving your power to other people (be they politicians or bankers) you’ll have a hard time getting through this. If you do read this book, it’s life-changing, empowering, and eye-opening. You’ll undergo your own “apocalypse” or limiting of the veil.

The solution is simple: enough people need to wake up and realize NO ONE has the right tow own them or control them.

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Minneapolis Fed chief pushing for ‘hard’ nationwide shutdown lasting 4 to 6 weeks

Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, is calling for America to go into a “hard” shutdown for at least a month, saying it is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and arguing that the U.S. government can afford it.

What are the details?

Kashkari made his case for shutting down during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, saying, “If we were to lock down really hard — I hate to even suggest it, people will be frustrated by it — but if we were to lock down hard for a month or six weeks, we could get the case count down so that our testing and our contact tracing was actually enough to control it.”

“If we don’t do that,” Kashkari continued, “and we just have this raging virus spreading throughout the country with flare-ups and local lockdowns for the next year or two — which is entirely possible — we’re going to see many, many more business bankruptcies…and that’s going to take a lot of time to recover from to rebuild those businesses and then to bring workers back in.”‘

He argued, “That’s going to be a much slower recovery for all of us.”

The Minneapolis fed chief also said that despite 20 million Americans being out of work due to the coronavirus crisis, the one bright spot he sees is that the savings rate has gone up among those who do still have an income. He says that means the debt incurred from the possible continuation of elevated unemployment benefits does not concern him.

“Those of us who are fortunate enough to still have our jobs, we’re saving a lot more money because we’re not going to restaurants or movie theaters or vacations,” Kashkari said. “That actually means we have a lot more resources as a country to support those who have been laid off.”

He explained, “While historically we would worry about racking up too much debt, we’re generating this savings ourselves. That means Congress has the resources to support those who are most hurting.”

Minneapolis Fed’s Kashkari says “fear” a major factor to declining consumer activity

Kashkari reiterated his position on Monday, arguing on Twitter, “Want to open schools? Do a hard lockdown now for 6 weeks to get the virus under control then open schools late September. I haven’t heard any other strategy to reopen safely that sounds remotely plausible given rampant spread in many areas.”

He shared a Wall Street Journal op-ed to bolster his argument.

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Minneapolis, plagued by violent crime, wants victims to cooperate with criminals, surrender property

As violent crime surges in Minneapolis, the city is now telling residents they are essentially on their own.

The Minneapolis City Government has circulated a letter informing residents what to do if they are targeted by carjackers or robbers. The letter, addressed to residents living in the city’s 3rd precinct, was written July 28.

“Robberies and Carjacking’s have increased in our precinct. Cell phones, purses, and vehicles are being targeted. Some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and threatened with a gun,” the letter states.

“100 Robberies and 20 Carjackings have been reported to the 3rd Precinct Police in July alone,” the letter adds.

However, instead of committing to increase police activity in areas plagued by violent crime, the letter goes on to suggest that residents protect themselves — and if they are targeted by violent criminals, to surrender their property.

Under a section titled, “Robbery Prevention Tips,” the letter tells residents, “Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet.”

The letter goes on to instruct residents to — if confronted by a violent robber — “do as they say.”

Violent crime has been especially prevalent in Minneapolis’ 3rd precinct following the death of George Floyd, which sparked violent protests in Minneapolis.

In fact, just days after Floyd’s tragic death, violent protesters breached the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct building, igniting a fire inside the police station.

Unfortunately for city residents, the Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council has voted to defund the city’s police department, and is searching for alternatives to traditional policing.

Now, as shootings have tripled in the city since Floyd’s death, Minneapolis neighborhoods are forming patrols in hopes of curbing crime.

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George Floyd memorial site in Minneapolis overtaken by nightly violence: ‘I can’t call the police’

The site where George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Department officers in May, which is now a memorial, has become a hot spot for violence at night, and police officers don’t respond to calls in that area, according to the New York Times.

Floyd was killed in south Minneapolis outside a store called Cup Foods. Store employees called police after Floyd allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes. A large memorial to Floyd has stood in that area for the past two months, and it’s peaceful during the day. At night, it’s a different story.

“What people aren’t recognizing is that people who live there are having a very, very challenging time from the unlawfulness that is occurring after the sun goes down,” Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins said. “There are constant gunshots every night. Emergency vehicles can’t get in. Disabled people are not able to access their medications, their appointments, their food deliveries, et cetera. It’s a very challenging situation.”

City officials and local police don’t want to inflame tensions by clearing out the memorial, which is what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 when police faced a similar situation after the police killing of Mike Brown. But the lack of police presence is causing a dangerous situation for the people who live nearby.

The Times spoke to a woman named Bianca Dawkins who lives in the area and says she fears for her family with the violence that occurs nightly:

But financial worries are only one thing on her mind. She has two children, including a 6-week-old baby. She says the daytime is fine, and she has met many people who have traveled to pay their respects to Mr. Floyd.

“But when the other crowd comes at night, I can’t call the police, and that scares the hell out of me,” she said. Ms. Dawkins pointed to a gunshot in the windshield of her car, a gold sedan.

“We have kids in this home, so I do want police to protect families,” she said. “It’s a hard balance. I’m happy this incident brought change, but I want to feel safe.”

The Minneapolis City Council has been moving toward dismantling the city’s police department and replacing it with a different, unspecified model for public safety, described as “a department of community safety and violence prevention, which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”

(H/T: Hot Air)

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Nearly two months after Minneapolis building was burned during George Floyd riots, investigators find a dead body inside??

In a jarring story, investigators found the charred remains of a dead body this week inside the Max It Pawn store in Minneapolis, nearly two months after the store was burned down during riots sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The body is believed to belong to an adult male, and a police spokesman told Fox News, “The body appears to have suffered thermal injury and we do have somebody charged with setting fire to that place.” Police have not otherwise identified the body or released any details of their investigation.

Images of the Max It Pawn as it was burning became some of the most enduring images of the civil unrest that flared up across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death. Floyd was killed as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, and his death sparked nationwide protests that have at times turned violent and have encouraged many cities to enact police reforms and others to consider completely defunding or dismantling their police departments.

According to the New York Post, Montez Terrill Lee, 25, of Rochester, Minn., has been charged with the arson of the pawn shop. If it is determined that the fire killed the as-yet-unidentified person inside, Lee could face felony murder charges as well.

Investigators, including the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Fire, the ATF, and the state fire marshal, reportedly decided to search the building earlier this week after they received an anonymous tip. KSMP-TV reports that the Minneapolis Police Homicide Division has taken over the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Two US cities declare racism a public health emergency

Two U.S. cities have declared that racism is a public health emergency, including Minneapolis, which is where George Floyd died while being arrested. On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution that declares racism a public emergency, nearly two months after it was first introduced.

The resolution states that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life, including housing, education, health, employment, public safety and criminal justice; exacerbated further by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.”

“The City of Minneapolis will recognize the severe impact of racism on the well-being of residents and city overall and allocate funding, staff, and additional resources to actively engage in racial equity in order to name, reverse, and repair the harm done to BIPOC in this City,” the resolution states.

The Minneapolis resolution promises to:

  • “Center the voices, work, and leadership of the communities most directly affected by said racism.”
  • “Provide support to the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee to conduct and implement an internal evaluation of the City Charter as well as all City policies and procedures to prioritize racial equity with specification on how policies translate into anti-racist action towards City employees, constituents, and community members.”
  • “Address our criminal justice system to stop the profiling and harm done to BIPOC.”
  • “Decentralize BIPOC over-policing and criminalization.”
  • “Allocate dollars in the Mayor’s budget to be directed towards small business development, housing, community-based infrastructure, and other amenities to reverse and repair the harm experienced by BIPOC.”
  • “Increase the availability of high-quality youth development programming for BIPOC youth and young adults with inclusion of a strategic plan to improve program quality and evaluate the impact and reach.”
  • “Develop and implement an annual report with racially disaggregated data on the health of Minneapolis BIPOC.”
  • “Build a workplace culture that promotes racialized repair, cross-cultural relationships, upholds the sacredness of caucus spaces for building community, and shifts the burden of addressing racism off BIPOC.”

The resolution also aims to decrease incarcerations by reserving arrests only for violent and major crimes, as well as dismiss cash bail.

The resolution adds: “A multitude of studies connect racism to inequitable health outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), including cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high infant and maternal mortality rates demonstrating that racism is the root cause of social determinants of health.”

The resolution also states that “the City of Minneapolis recognizes that Africans were forcibly brought to this country, enslaved, and after the Emancipation of Slavery, citizens of this country perpetuated Anti-Black racism through violence, mass incarceration and Anti-Black policies, including redlining, and that the social construction of race was used to justify their enslavement as well as the removal of Indigenous peoples off their land pushing them onto land deemed less desirable.”

The resolution notes that “the City of Minneapolis recognizes the City is built upon Dakota homelands, and that Indigenous nations have lived upon this land since time immemorial, and the land itself carries historical trauma, and that genocidal policies have aimed to strip tribal nations not only of land, but of culture, language and family systems.”

“Systemic racism is among the greatest long-term threats our city and nation are facing, and the last two months have made that reality painfully clear,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) said in a press release. “For Minneapolis to be a place where everyone can live and thrive, we must recognize this crisis for what it is and approach policymaking with the urgency it deserves.”

The Vermont city of Burlington also declared that racism is a public health emergency this week. On Thursday morning, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger unveiled the “Community Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Emergency.”

“Racism is a public health crisis,” Weinberger said. “As a result of deeply embedded structural racism, Black and brown Americans experience far worse outcomes then their white contemporaries.”

“Though Black residents comprise just 1% of Vermont’s population, during the current pandemic – as of July 8th – they account for 10% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermont,” Weinberger said.

The declaration stated that “systemic racism is a principal social determinant of individual and public health, impacting economic, employment, education, housing, justice, and health opportunities and outcomes, all of which further adversely impact the health of people of color.”

The city of Burlington proclaimed that it would “commit to coordinate our work and participate in ongoing joint action, grounded in science and data, to eliminate race-based health.”

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Feds deny Gov. Walz’s request for aid to rebuild after Minnesota faces $500 million in riot damages

The federal government has denied a request from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) for funds to rebuild North Star State following the George Floyd riots that inflicted wide-scale destruction in the Twin Cities.

Walz’s spokesman Teddy Tschann confirmed that the request for federal aid was denied, as reported in The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through,” Tschann said in a statement.

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Minnesota rebuild after civil unrest damaged public infrastructure and caused extensive fire damage in the wake of George Floyd’s death,” Tschann said.

Walz had petitioned President Donald Trump on July 2 to declare parts of Minnesota as a “major disaster” due to the extensive damage to public infrastructure caused by rioting.

Walz’s office claims that nearly 1,500 businesses in the Twin Cities were damaged from looting, fires, and vandalism. Walz’s administration estimates that there was $15 million in damages from fires, and the total damage losses exceed $500 million. The destruction arrived in the weeks of riots in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

During the George Floyd riots in late May, vandals torched blocks of retail locations in Minneapolis. Rioters were able to take over the third precinct police station after Minneapolis police fled the scene. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) openly admitted that city leaders allowed rioters to capture the Minneapolis Police Department’s third precinct building and instructed the police force to retreat.

In June, the Minneapolis City Council voted to disband its police department and replace it with a “community safety” model.

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Black peace activists fight Minneapolis City Council’s plan to dismantle the police: ‘It’s time to stand up … utopia is a bunch of BS’

Following the protests that stemmed from the killing of George Floyd by a city cop, the Minneapolis City Council pledged last month to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department. But that plan has not sat well with citizens who have seen crime grow in their communities and want to know what will be done if they’re no longer able to count on the police.

Now a group of black peace activists is taking on the leadership of the city of Minneapolis over its push to dismantle the police.

The group held an “urgent news conference” Tuesday to raise their voices against the council’s plan, WCCO-TV reported.

One of the activists, Lisa Clemons, who is a former police officer and is now with “A Mother’s Love,” told reporters, “We cannot continue to watch these bullets flying through our community.”

For Clemons and her fellow advocates for peace, the time has come to “stand up” to the City Council and call its plan what it is: “B.S.”

“It is time for us to stand up in this city. It is time to tell the City Council that utopia is a bunch of B.S.,” Clemons said.

With the recent escalation in shootings in the city, she said Minneapolis is more like the Old West.

“We are not in Mayberry R.F.D.,” she said. “We are in the wild, wild, West, and it is time for some answers.”

Calling out a council member

Shortly after the news conference, Clemons was speaking to WCCO outside the venue when City Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins happen to pass by. The councilwoman was one of the members who voted to move closer to dismantling the police.

Clemons challenged Jenkins to come answer some questions, and Jenkins obliged.

When challenged on her position on dismantling the police, Jenkins said she knows the city still needs public safety officers, but the force needs to be “reimagined.”

“I want to reimagine a police force that responds to the community in a way that is respectful,” Jenkins said.

Clemons challenged Jenkins on the “recent surge in street violence.”

“My only response to that is we are going to have, we will have those conversations,” Jenkins replied. “We are in an emergency situation.”

Despite the council’s pledge to dismantle the police, ultimately any change would have to be voted on by the people of Minneapolis, WCCO noted.

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Popular Minneapolis bars close over failure by Democratic leaders to curb surging violence

Two prominent Minneapolis bars announced last week they will close their doors over the failure of city leadership to adequately respond to surging violence in the city.

The After Midnight Group said it will close Cowboy Jack’s and Cowboy Slim’s, two popular downtown bars, after “experiencing the violence, vandalism and unsafe working conditions firsthand, and without receiving assurances of safety from city officials,” WCCO-TV reported.

Owners said the bars would only reopen if city leaders enact a plan that “curbs the violence happening in the streets.”

The announcement came less than a week after one person was killed and another 11 were injured in a shooting that took place near Cowboy Slim’s.

Bar owners said they reached out to city leaders — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is a Democrat, and 12 of the city council’s 13 members are Democrats — after the incident to hear how they planned to curb the violence.

However, the city had no plan, the owners said, instead advising the business to “educate patrons and staff on the lack of safety provided and the dangers that lie outside the doors,” KMSP-TV reported.

The move leaves approximately 250 workers without jobs — at least temporarily.

The Minnesota Department of Health claimed last week that Cowboy Jack’s was the site of a coronavirus outbreak. However, the bar owners said neither the MDH nor the city has contacted them about the outbreak, and they said the news played “zero” role in their decision to shutter their doors, WCCO reported.

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Minneapolis City Council, which voted to disband police, hires private security on taxpayer dime

The Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council controversially voted to disband its police department in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death.

Now, three members of the city council are costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars per week because they have hired private security after receiving threats related to their support for defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.

Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham, and Alondra Cano — who have been outspoken proponents of the radical law police reform measure — are costing city taxpayers $4,500 per day in private security fees, KMSP-TV reported.

Over the past three weeks, the city has spent $63,000 of taxpayer money on their private security details, a city spokesperson told KMSP.

The mayor of Minneapolis is traditionally provided with security by the city police department, but city council members are not afforded the same service, KMSP noted.

“My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” Jenkins told KMSP.

Cunningham said, “I don’t feel comfortable publicly discussing the death threats against me or the level of security I currently have protecting me from those threats.”

However, the Minneapolis PD told KMSP there has not been a filed police report for threats against any of the city’s council members, though one could have been filed confidentially.

A city spokesperson said the private security details “are intended to be a temporary bridge until other security measures can be implemented by council members,” KMSP reported.

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Lefty Minneapolis neighborhood decided to virtue signal and refuse calling the police. Now they’re overrun with crime and homeless.

Residents of a Minneapolis neighborhood described by the New York Times as “a haven to leftist activists and bohemian artists” vowed not to call the police to protest racial injustice — and now their tree-lined neighborhood is a haven for crime and hundreds of homeless people.

What are the details?

It was in Powderhorn Park where the Minneapolis City Council officially launched its “defund the police” initiative following the death of George Floyd on May 25. The council dreamed of a “transformative new model” of public safety where community social workers — not armed police officers — enforced the law. Neighborhood residents happily obliged.

But since then, according to the Times, the park has reportedly been taken over by hundreds of new homeless residents displaced amid the unrest in the city, and residents are finding it difficult to stand by their pledge.

One resident, Shari Albers, a former block club leader who organized “her mostly white neighbors to bring in playgrounds and help tackle longstanding issues with crime,” is now kept awake at night by the “Powderhorn Park Sanctuary.”

“I am afraid,” she said. “I know my neighbors are around, but I’m not feeling grounded in my city at all. Anything could happen.”

The Times reported that the homeless community “has drawn heavy car traffic into the neighborhood, some from drug dealers.”

Linnea Borden said she has stopped walking her dog through the area because she is sick of being catcalled, while Carrie Nightshade has stopped letting her kids play in the park because it’s dangerous.

“I’m not being judgmental,” she insisted. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.”

Joseph Menkevich found a black man wearing a hospital bracelet passed out in an elevator in his apartment building. He phoned a community activist but she didn’t answer, so he called 911 and requested an ambulance. Instead, a white police officer reportedly came and offered to take the man to the hospital. When the man refused, he made him exit the building.

Menkevich lamented his decision to dial 911.

“It didn’t resolve in a way that I had hoped,” he said. “All they did was offer to bring him back to the hospital. He refused, so they kicked him out on a rainy night.”

One resident broke his pledge, and ‘regrets’ it

Last week, Mitchell Erickson was cornered outside his home by two black teenagers, and one stuck a gun in his chest.

They demanded his car keys, but when he mistakenly gave them his house keys, the boys got frustrated and ran off before reportedly stealing someone else’s car.

After the altercation, Erickson decided to call the police, a decision he now says he “regrets.”

“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson wrote in a text to a New York Times reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”

The reporter allegedly responded asking about the fact that the boys put his life in danger.

Erickson replied: “Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them. I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”

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Eleven people shot, one person dead in Minneapolis shooting spree

There was a shooting spree in Minneapolis early Sunday morning, where 11 people were shot and one person died.

At 12:37 a.m. on Sunday, multiple 911 calls were received by the police dispatch about a shooting. The Minneapolis Police advised residents to avoid Uptown Minneapolis, “a commercial district that includes several bars and restaurants,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

There were multiple shooters, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. The shooting suspects all fled the murder scene.

“Police arrived and located several people suffering from gunshot wounds,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in a press release. “Multiple ambulances responded and transported victims to Hennepin County Medical Center. Others were transported to area hospitals in private vehicles.”

One adult male died at the hospital, and the other 11 are receiving medical treatment for their non-life-threatening injuries.

The MPD is investigating the shooting, and have not released a motive for the attack. No suspects are in custody.

This shooting spree comes only days after another mass shooting event. On Tuesday, nine people were shot in Minneapolis, including eight in a two-hour span.

As of June 17, a record 149 people have been shot in Minneapolis since the beginning of the year; nearly half of the victims were shot in the three weeks leading up to June 17, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. The first week after George Floyd’s death, there were a record 22 gunshot victims.

The shooting sprees come less than two weeks after the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution officially committing to replacing the city’s police department with a “community safety” model. Following the George Floyd protests, council members and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pledged to activists that the Minneapolis Police Department would be dismantled.

“Police violence is a threat to public safety. We must allocate resources to ensure that all instances of death or injury in police custody are adequately and independently reviewed,” Omar said. “We can’t reform a system that is rotten, reimagining and reconstructing a new way forward is a better approach.”

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At least 7 Minneapolis police officers quit, citing lack of support from city leaders after protests

Several Minneapolis Police Department employees are quitting their law enforcement jobs because of the lack of support following the George Floyd protests. At least seven police officers have quit the MPD in the aftermath of protests, that does not include the four former cops who were involved in Floyd’s death and were fired.

Current and former MPD officers told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that cops were frustrated with the way the police department and city leaders failed to support them. One particular event that bothered cops was Mayor Jacob Frey’s (D) decision to abandon the Third Precinct police station. Rioters were able to ransack the police station and set the building on fire. Cops were forced to retreat.

Minneapolis Deputy Chief Henry Halvorson wrote an email earlier this month that stated some police officers have “simply walked off the job without filing the proper paperwork, creating confusion about who is still working and who isn’t.”

Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder downplayed the cops who resigned. “There’s nothing that leads us to believe that at this point the numbers are so great that it’s going to be problematic,” Elder said.

Minneapolis Police Department officials provided a statement to WCCO-TV that read: “People seek to leave employment for a myriad of reasons. The MPD is no exception. Due to these employment separations, we have not noted any indicators that would impact public safety.”

“(Officers) don’t feel appreciated,” Mylan Masson, a retired Minneapolis officer and use-of-force expert, said. “Everybody hates the police right now. I mean everybody.”

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with second-degree murder. Three other MPD officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd have been fired and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution to replace the police department with a “community safety” model last week.

Two weeks ago, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) joined the movement to defund the police.

“The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform,” Omar said. “It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.”

“Police violence is a threat to public safety,” the Democratic congresswoman said. “We must allocate resources to ensure that all instances of death or injury in police custody are adequately and independently reviewed.”

“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root,” Omar said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

“What you can do is rebuild. And so this is our opportunity, you know, as a city, to come together, have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that place in our community,” she added. “What we are saying is, the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore.”

Last week, officers of the Hallandale Beach Police Department were so angered by their chief kneeling with protesters that every member of the SWAT team resigned.

Tulsa Police Maj. Travis Yates warned that the defund the police movement and anti-police sentiment would cause a mass exodus in law enforcement.

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Backlash against Democratic leaders begins, longtime business leaves Minneapolis after being destroyed in riots

The city of Minneapolis is led by Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey. The city council is composed of 12 Democrats and one member of the Green Party.

And now, a longtime manufacturing business is immediately relocating away from Minneapolis after Democratic leaders failed to protect the city, instead allowing violence to overrun it in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death.

Kris Wyrobek, owner of 7-Sigma Inc., which produces “high-performance polymer and metal components and assemblies,” told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he is relocating his business after Minneapolis officials allowed his factory to be destroyed in the riots.

“They don’t care about my business,” Wyrobek said. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.”

The factory was unfortunately destroyed by a fire when protesters targeted a neighboring apartment complex that was under construction. According to Wyrobek, firefighters did not bother fighting those flames, which allowed the blaze to engulf his business.

“The fire engine was just sitting there, but they wouldn’t do anything,” Wyrobek said.

According to the Star Tribune, thousands of businesses were damaged in the violence, with a repair price tag in the hundreds of millions.

The city’s first survey of property damage shows that nearly 1,000 commercial properties in Minneapolis were damaged during the riots, including 52 businesses that were completely destroyed and 30 other locations that sustained severe damage.

Owners and insurance experts estimate the costs of the damage could exceed $500 million. That would make the Twin Cities riots the second-costliest civil disturbance in U.S. history, trailing only those in Los Angeles in 1992, which were also sparked by racial tensions with police and had $1.4 billion in damages in today’s dollars.

As TheBlaze reported, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) is seeking taxpayer money, via the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to pay for the damage in Minneapolis.

However, FEMA is unlikely to grant such a request if history proves correct.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) sought millions in FEMA aid following the 2015 Baltimore riots, but the agency denied the request.

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Minneapolis City Council signs pledge to completely dismantle city’s police department

The Minneapolis City Council vowed late Sunday to dismantle the city’s police department.

Nearly two weeks after the tragic death of George Floyd, nine of the veto-proof council’s 13 members stood before activists and pledged to begin the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department as it currently exists.

The council did not officially vote on a resolution, but Councilwoman Alondra Cano said their pledge “signals a strong and clear direction about where this is going,” the New York Times reported.

Last week, Council President Lisa Bender confirmed she would lead the charge to defund and dismantle the city’s police department. She said that it would be replaced with a “transformative new model of public safety,” although she did not provide further details.

On Sunday, the council declared that reform efforts have failed, making their current actions necessary.

“Decades of police reform efforts have proved that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and will never be accountable for its actions,” they said, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. “We are here today to begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating a new, transformative model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis.”

Unfortunately for Minneapolis residents, the council did not explain what systems would replace the police department.

According to the Star Tribune, some of the coming changes may include dispatching social workers and mental health professionals in situations where police ordinarily respond.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, has said that he does not support abolishing his city’s police department. On Sunday, he reaffirmed that position.

“I’ll work relentlessly with Chief Arradondo and alongside community toward deep, structural reform and addressing systemic racism in police culture. And we’re ready to dig in and enact more community-led, public safety strategies on behalf of our city. But I do not support abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department,” he said in a statement, KMSP-TV reported.

The Cato Institute released a study last week showing that a majority of Americans do not support defunding or dismantling police departments.

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Minneapolis mayor speaks with protesters — but it takes dramatic turn when they confront him with question

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, received a rude awakening from protesters on Saturday after he refused to support defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.

Protesters reportedly marched to Frey’s residence and demanded he speak with them. When he emerged, Frey affirmed much of what the protesters believe, including telling them, “the systemic racist system needs to be revamped.”

But the impromptu meeting took an unexpected turn when the protesters confronted Frey with a “yes or no” question.

“Yes or no: Will you commit to defunding the Minneapolis Police Department,” the lead demonstrator asked Frey. “We don’t want to more police. … It is a yes or a no. Will you defund the Minneapolis Police Department?”

The woman noted that it was important to hear Frey’s answer, and reminded the crowd that he is up for re-election next year.

Finally, after many tense moments, Frey said, “I do not support the full abolition of the police department.”

The raucous crowd immediately responded with loud boos. “Get the f**k out of here,” the lead demonstrator, the same one who confronted Frey, yelled.

“Go home, Jacob, go home!” the crowd chanted.

After being shamed by the crowd, Frey stopped to talk with local news media. He declared his support for police reforms, but reaffirmed that he does not support abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department.

Frey said, according to WCCO-TV:

If you’re asking whether I’m for massive structural reform to revise a structurally racist system the answer is “yes.” If you’re asking whether I will do everything possible to push back on the inherent inequities that are literally built into the architecture the answer is “yes.”

If you’re asking whether I’m willing to do everything I possibly can throughout the rest of my term to make sure that the police union, the police contract, the arbitration system, and some of these policies that have resulted in problems for specifically Black and Brown people and murder over series of generations, I’m all for that. I’m not for abolishing the entire police department, I will be honest about that.

However, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender confirmed plans last week to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a “transformative new model of public safety.”

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Minneapolis leaders allowed protesters to destroy city. Now they demand taxpayers pay for damage.

The delayed action of Minnesota leaders to quell growing unrest in the shadow of George Floyd’s tragic death resulted in mass rioting across the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Now, the leaders want federal taxpayers to partially foot the bill for damage caused by violent protesters.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, more than 200 buildings across the Minneapolis-area have been destroyed or damaged in the riots, which will require at least $55 million in repairs. However, that number will likely be much higher — up into the “hundreds of millions,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, said this week.

“We will do everything we can as we shift to recovery mode,” Frey said. “We’re recovering from crises sandwiched on top of each other, from COVID-19 to the police killing and then the looting which took place afterward.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) and city leaders will seek federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “offset” the cost of damage repairs, the Star Tribune reported. Walz’s administration is reportedly discussing the matter with Minnesota’s congressional delegation, including with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D).

The request comes despite Frey openly admitting that city leaders allowed violent protesters to destroy the Minneapolis Police Department’s third precinct building.

The delayed response of city and state leaders to the growing unrest also contributed to out-of-hand violence, destruction, and endless looting.

Despite the impending request, FEMA is not likely to help the area.

From the Star Tribune:

After the 2015 riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan repeatedly sought about $19 million in aid from FEMA for public agencies that responded to the unrest. At the time, Hogan pointed to federal assistance provided to Los Angeles following the 1992 unrest over the beating of Rodney King. FEMA denied Hogan’s request.

[Rep. Betty] McCollum expressed doubt about Minneapolis and St. Paul’s chances of getting federal disaster funding, a decision that is up to President Donald Trump. Alternatively, the state could seek funding through Congress’ annual appropriations, but that would require the Democratic-led House, Republican-led Senate and Trump to sign on.

To help chances of obtaining taxpayer-funded FEMA aid, McCollum suggested obtained a disaster declaration.

“If it is demonstrated outside provocateurs committed acts of destruction then there is a clear rationale for an emergency declaration by President Trump,” she told the Star Tribune.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar: It’s time to disband the police

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is the latest voice in an indignant chorus of lawmakers who want to diminish, defund, or entirely disband police departments across the country. The Democratic congresswoman said Friday that the Minneapolis Police Department is “beyond reform.”

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender announced Friday that the council intends to have the city’s police department “dismantled” and replaced with a “transformative new model of public safety.”

Omar made it known on social media that she is in favor of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department.

On Twitter, she shared a Time article titled, “I’m a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here’s What Could Come Next,” written by Steve Fletcher, a city council member for Ward 3 in Minneapolis.

Fletcher wrote: “I am one of many on the Council, including the Council President and the Chair of Public Safety, who are publicly supporting the call to disband our police department and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.”

In addition to the article, Omar wrote: “The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis. Thank you to @MplsWard3 for your leadership on this!”

In another tweet, Omar wrote: “Police violence is a threat to public safety. We must allocate resources to ensure that all instances of death or injury in police custody are adequately and independently reviewed.”

“We can’t reform a system that is rotten, reimagining and reconstructing a new way forward is a better approach,” Omar tweeted. “Thankful for Minneapolis city council for their leadership on this.”

Omar shared a tweet from Jeremy Schroeder, a Minneapolis city council member representing Ward 11, that read: “I am fully committed to disinvesting in the MPD as it exists today and rebuilding a public safety system that is designed to serve the public with compassion and respect – with enough guardrails to prevent another tragedy like George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police.”

Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis city council member representing Ward 5 and son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, also proclaimed that the police would be disbanded.

“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” Ellison tweeted. “And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It’s really past due.”

Minneapolis isn’t the only major city looking to significantly reduce the role of cops. On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was cutting funds from the Los Angeles Police Department.

“We will not be increasing our police budget,” Garcetti said.

The mayor said that he would cut $250 million from his previously proposed budget, and the money would be reallocated to communities of color “so we can invest in jobs, in education and healing.”

LAPD Commission President Eileen Decker announced that $100 million to $150 million of those budget cuts will come from the police department’s budget.

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Minneapolis council president confirms it: Police will be ‘dismantled’ ​and replaced with a ‘transformative new model of public safety’

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender confirmed news Thursday night of the council’s intentions to “dismantle” the city’s police department in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests and riots that erupted across the country.

TheBlaze reported Thursday that several members on the council were seriously considering disbanding the police and putting a new form of public safety in its place. Now, given Bender’s definitive statement on the matter, that action appears even more likely.

“Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety,” Bender wrote on Twitter in response to fellow council member Jeremiah Ellison.

Bender, who represents the city’s Ward 10, did not go into specific detail regarding what exactly “the transformative new model of public safety” will look like in the tweet.

But on Friday morning, she retweeted a thread posted on Twitter by “Reclaim the Block,” a local organization launched in 2018 that calls for divesting from the Minneapolis Police Department and reallocating funds into community health and safety programs.

An ongoing petition launched by Reclaim the Block calls on city council members to never again vote to increase police funding in the city, initiate cuts into the police department’s budget, expand investment into “community-led health and safety strategies,” and compel police to stop acting violently toward community members.

The organization’s website does not list specific health and safety programs in which the council are to invest, but does generally call for more funding to be granted toward education and health care rather than law enforcement. It also suggests ideas such as sending a “mental health response team” rather than police to mental health crisis situations and focusing on youth care rather than criminalization.

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Truck driver warns protesters who threaten, block truckers: ‘You will move, or you will die’

Truck driver Mark Staite saw the writing on the wall over the weekend.

An independent driver who offers tips and advice to young truckers, Staite told TheBlaze he’d read in online trucking groups about drivers getting stopped and looted amid protests and rioting over George Floyd’s death.

He said his mind immediately flashed back to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and trucker Reginald Denny getting beaten to within an inch of his life by rioters while news cameras rolled.:

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What happened next?

So Staite said he hopped on Facebook and warned protesters who think they can get away with putting truckers’ lives at risk by trying to block their way or otherwise violate them.

“The American trucker will not be held hostage, threatened, robbed, or killed,” he wrote. “We will not be a victim. We will not be this generation’s version of Reginald Denny. Every driver knows that name. Do you?”

Staite added that truckers “will defend ourselves every time, up to and including, using our 80,000 lb trucks … to run you over. We don’t want to, but will if we have to, to save our own life.”

He also said “cities where looting, rioting, and stopping trucks is happening” are now “on notice.”

“Threaten, delay, attempt to stop a truck, [and] we… the American trucker will consider that act as an attack on our lives. We will defend ourselves, our equipment, and our load,” Staite wrote.

More from his post:

Food, medicine, hospital supplies, gasoline, and a million other daily items we deliver to your cities ARE A-POLITICAL. Everyone needs them, including your dumbass. We don’t ‘need’ to come to your lawless city. YOU NEED us to deliver your food and supplies to your city.

We drivers have social media, too. If your city becomes too chaotic and violent. Becomes too unsafe for us… Word will spread very quickly amongst the 3.5 million truckers. We will stop delivering to your city. Period. No driver will travel into a city that reminds us of scenes from a “Mad Max” movie.

Threaten an American truck driver while he’s working and it will take you, and your city, down a path where YOU WILL LOSE.”

He concluded by telling protesters to “keep your silly s**t off the U.S. Interstate and U.S. highway system. Congregating in the roadway will only get you run over. Having people standing and blocking the highway is a threat to our physical safety, and we will respond appropriately to your attack. Standing in the roadway is NOT a protest. It is an attack on our safety. Air horns will sound, steering wheels will be held tightly, but those brakes will not be touched. You will move, or you will die. 80,000 pounds at 70mph will win every time. STAY OUT OF THE ROADWAY.”

And then his sign off: “DON’T F*** WITH THE AMERICAN TRUCKER!”

Then it happened

Staite isn’t on the Internet much over the course of most days because he drives his rig sometimes 10 hours straight, so he didn’t know about the incident involving a FedEx truck driver who stepped on the gas and got away from protesters attacking and looting his rig but not realizing one of them died after becoming trapped between trailers, getting dragged, and then getting run over.

And hours after Staite posted his Facebook message, a trucker drove toward hundreds of protesters blocking Interstate 35 in Minneapolis and scattered them before he stopped and was dragged out and beaten by the angry mob. Turns out that trucker, Bogdan Vechirko, was delivering fuel for a black-owned business.

Soon Staite’s post was getting an awful lot of media attention — and as he explained to TheBlaze, what he wrote on Facebook doesn’t tell half the story.

For starters he emphasized that his Facebook message isn’t about encouraging truckers to hit protesters. He did say, however, that when truckers are confronted by human blockades or mobs climbing all over their rigs and kicking in their windshields, they should slow down to a crawl if they can but never stop moving.

He also said there’s a big difference between “peaceful protesters” and the “lawless, violent thugs and thieves who have nothing to do with real protest. We support the protest.”

Staite also emphasized that Floyd suffered a wrongful death, and that those responsible should be punished.

Lack of training

Staite also said truck drivers “aren’t trained” for protester reactions and how to handle things when roads or highways are blocked — and that they should be.

He also maintained that Vechirko — the trucker on the Minneapolis freeway — was going around a “blind curve” on an incline and likely never saw the protesters until the last second. Moreover, police said barricades were not yet up, and Vechirko was in the wrong place in the wrong time on what he likely assumed was an empty highway. He was released from jail Tuesday without charges as the investigation continues.

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The last resort

Staite added to TheBlaze that truck drivers have the “right to save” their own lives and exercise “self-defense” when confronted by protesters, particularly because it’s generally against trucking company policies to carry weapons.

What do they have left to defend themselves?

Their trucks, he said.

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A Society On The Brink Of Complete And Utter Chaos

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

It is heartbreaking to watch the violence that is taking place on the streets of Minneapolis.  I have quite a few relatives that live in the Twin Cities area, and I have been there many times.  In the old days, it always felt so peaceful, but not anymore.

The tragic death of George Floyd has unleashed a massive wave of anger, and the riots have made headlines all over the globe.  Originally, many had anticipated that Thursday night would not be as violent as Wednesday night was, but that was not a safe assumption to make.  Around 10 o’clock, protesters stormed into the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building and set it on fire

Minneapolis is in the midst of a third night of unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, with protesters taking over the police department’s 3rd Precinct building late Thursday night.

The break-in happened at about 10 p.m., with helicopter footage showing a large fire burning near the main entrance.

Police released a statement, saying in part, “in the interest of the safety of our personnel, the Minneapolis Police Department evacuated the 3rd Precinct of its staff. Protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires.”

As the building burned, fireworks were being shot into the sky in celebration.

Of course, the violence that we witnessed the previous evening was quite alarming as well.  By the end of the night, rioters had torched and looted a number of prominent retail stores

Shocking images Thursday morning showed the widespread destruction left overnight after stores including Wendy’s, Target, Walmart and Autozone were looted and some even set on fire.

Mayor Frey pleaded for calm ahead of more expected protests this evening telling residents ‘we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy.’

Videos also showed what was reported to be an apartment building entirely engulfed by flames as rioters stood and watched and the fire department was nowhere to be seen.

I don’t think that any of us will ever forget watching a Target store being looted, and at this point Target has decided to close all of their locations in the entire state “until further notice”.

Overall, more than 50 buildings were burned down on Wednesday night, and one protester boldly declared that “the whole city can burn down”

“The whole city can burn down. They should all be out here protesting, not just people who care about black lives. Everybody. Burn it down. Make them pay. Maybe then they’ll understand,” one protester, Elicia S.—she declined to give her full last name—told The Daily Beast late Wednesday.

“I read somewhere that you’re never gonna care until it hits your front door. We are here now, knocking in the front door,” demonstrator Becky Mathews added.

Sadly, it isn’t just the rioters that are out of control.

When George Floyd was arrested, it wasn’t for committing a violent crime.  He was accused of “allegedly trying to pay at a local deli with a counterfeit $20 bill”, and surveillance video from the scene does not support police claims that he resisted arrest.

Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight entire minutes, and video of the moment when Floyd finally lost consciousness is absolutely horrifying.

Of course, this is far from an isolated incident.  According to the Los Angeles Times, approximately one out of every 1000 African-American males will die at the hands of our police…

About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.

Look, I have friends that are current or former police officers, and I am so thankful for the good men and women that work so hard to protect all of us day in and day out.

But the truth is that there are a lot of really bad apples out there, and troubling incidents are happening with increasing frequency all over the nation.

For example, a young mother named Sara Walton Brady was recently arrested by the police in Idaho for simply taking her children to play in the park.  The following comes directly from a message that she sent to me, and she said that I could share it with all of you…

On April 21, 2020 I saw a video on Facebook by other moms about a playdate at Kleiner Park scheduled for the afternoon. That video showed people at the park and the tape ripped down from the play structures. I decided to go with my two middle children and showed up about an hour late.

I was only there 5-10 minutes when three officers from the Meridian Police Department arrived; one Sgt. And two officers. The Sgt., who I now know is Sgt. Fiscus, came marching onto the playground ordering all of the children and moms off of the bark and playground area while brusquely explaining that the city of Meridian the parks and they were closed by the order of the governor and the mayor.

This obviously upset several of the moms there, including myself. I attempted to ask questions to the Sgt. About what authority he had to remove people from the park. During this attempted dialogue he continued to tell people that the playground area was closed and people needed to leave. However, he continually directed people to a concentrated area on the grass, which would have been a violation of the Idaho governor’s order of being closer than 6 feet. None of this made sense to me as I saw multiple other people recreating in the park – walking, fishing, and even people playing a game of basketball. It also didn’t make sense to me why we could be closer together on the grass and it was okay to violate that portion of this new found rule, but not on the park where the kids and the adults were much more spread out.

As I continued to ask these questions the situation became more heated and eventually the officer told me I had five seconds to leave the bark or he was going to arrest me. The officer then proceeded to count down to me, as I often do to my children when they are not listening. I told him “Fine! Arrest me for being in a park! Do it!” While turning around to his threat.

I was placed inside the back of a very hot patrol car and left there for several minutes at which time I was eventually booked into jail for a misdemeanor trespassing charge. I was also accused of tearing the tape down on the playground that was had been placed there previously. I did not tear down any tape as it was down when I arrived. I was told that children had ripped it down.

Multiple other people were on the bark while I was arrested yet no one else was charged with trespassing, cited, or arrested. I was also told that after I was transported to the jail that several people went back onto the bark (after tearing more tape down) and began playing on the playground and bark as the police watched. None of this was addressed by the police.

My case has now been conflicted to the State of Idaho. This is very concerning to me that they have not dismissed the case and they have unlimited resources to make an example of me. It’s also concerning to me that while people are losing their jobs and businesses’ that the State would use hard earned taxpayer money to waste on a mom who was at a park with her kids and try to make an example of me.

Please help me raise funds for legal fees to fight the State of Idaho. I am told that it could cost anywhere from $30,000-$50,000. You can go to

Sara Walton Brady

I was friends with Sara Walton Brady long before this incident occurred, and I can tell you that she is a rock-solid citizen.

In fact, Idaho would not be in the giant mess that it is today if a lot more patriots like her lived in the state.

Unfortunately, the truth is that the whole country is a giant mess, and what we have witnessed so far is just the beginning.

Our entire society is on the brink of a complete and utter meltdown, and I expect that the upcoming election will bring tensions that have been simmering all over the nation to a boiling point.

There is a reason why so many people are looking to move out of our major cities right now.  America is literally in the process of coming apart at the seams, and there will be a lot more rioting, looting, and civil unrest in the days ahead.

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