Nationwide violent protesters are still roiling despite the so-called mainstream media’s efforts to ignore them.
Towns have literally been set on fire as a feckless local leadership does nothing.
And now one city is in ruins after adopting an insane policy.
The heinous murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd has unleashed the destruction of far-left activists and opportunistic criminals across the country.
But Minneapolis itself has been hit particularly hard by the radicalism of the left.
The rioting and looting got so bad, even MSNBC called out the mayor and governor for surrendering a police precinct to the mob.
Minneapolis’s response to the chaos was to double down on the insanity and start the “defund the police movement.”
As is the case with most terrible ideas, it caught on with the left.
Now one progressive neighborhood in Minneapolis is trying to live out their inane principles, and it’s already collapsing.
The New York Times published a piece titled “A Minneapolis Neighborhood Vowed to Check Its Privilege. It’s Already Being Tested.”
Residents of Powderhorn Park pledged not to call the police on criminals and vagrants in their community, and it’s gone as horribly as any rational person would expect.
A veritable shantytown descended on the community with over 300 residents popping up tents almost immediately, and property crime and drug dealing is already on the rise.
The Times writes:
“The influx of outsiders has kept Ms. Albers awake at night. Though it is unlikely to happen, she has had visions of people from the tent camp forcing their way into her home. She imagines using a baseball bat to defend herself.
Not being able to call the police, as she has done for decades, has shaken her.
‘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.’”
Another resident of the community was carjacked at gunpoint, but regretted calling the cops.
He said, “[I]t 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.”
Another resident said she no longer allows her young children to play in the local park. She said, “I’m not being judgmental…It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.”
This failed social experiment highlights the left’s inability to acknowledge reality.
People are already fleeing cities due to the surge in crime and it’s only going to get worse.
When an ideology trains people that they shouldn’t call the police when they get carjacked, that is a failed ideology.
Not enforcing violent crime only emboldens criminals and endangers their next victim.
The carjackers didn’t learn any lesson that would deter them from engaging in the same behavior again.
Minneapolis and other progressive cities are heading down a dark road and they have no one to blame but themselves.