Minneapolis mulls a proposal to supplant police with “citizen patrols”.
And its primary mission – transfer money from taxpayers to favored “community” organizations – is front and center:
The Minneapolis City Council Budget Committee has approved moving $500,000 from the police budget and putting it into the Office of Violence Prevention to help pay for civilian safety patrols.
Jamil Jackson is a paid consultant with the Office of Violence Prevention and he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he’s been asked to put together a proposed plan to implement the civilian patrols.
“It would have to be multiple groups that get the money,” Jackson said. “But, how the money is going to be disbursed hasn’t been decided at this point, because those are things that are still being tweaked and worked out.”
The – for sake of argument – proposal involves groups of 20 civilians each, patrolling the North and South sides, and another in downtown.
And when – not if – danger sprouts up?
Jackson says the civilian patrols will not be doing any police work and they will not be out in the community fighting crime. The group will not be armed, but men with permits to carry will be allowed to do so if they choose.
Ooof – acting as a surrogate cop in a climate of hatred for cops and their surrogates, with none of the legal protections a cop gets? Thanks, but no.
The possibilities are endless:
- What a wonderful place for people with latent Dwight Schrute-like tendencies to exercise their need to control others?
- Could there be a better springboard for corruption, both for the ‘patrols’ as well as the organizations sponsoring them?
Anyone in for a pool on how long the patrols last before they dissolve in a welter of corruption and scandal?