What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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?

22 thoughts on “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  1. I saw this documentary from the ’80s. I don’t think that the 2020 reboot with an armed Jeremiah Ellison will go better with fewer shenanigans.

  2. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Most likely nothing.

    It all depends on what the purpose of the project is:

    A) Explore alternatives for community safe other than policing.
    B) Shovel money to progressive friends and allies, who will shovel money back to you.

    I am betting on B.

  3. Patrols of “civilians”. Just regular, ordinary residents of Mpls. Is there some pool of civilians looking for this work? Or are they drafted, like jury duty? Are these people employed? Do the funds cover time away from work? Or are these civilians professionals, like mall cops? Or better trained? Much better? Are they paid? If yes, is it a “living wage”? Liability issues? Are these civilians allowed to stop, hinder, intervene if something that some people might consider criminal occurs in their presence? Can they be sent to a criminal event, say as the result of a 911 call? Can they defend themselves? Can they unionize? Are eventual injuries and deaths covered?

    Isn’t it just simpler to keep the police and just do a better job of hiring, monitoring, and eventually firing them?

  4. … oh, and I didn’t see anything about the police going away. They will still be expected to do the same job as before, but with fewer funds and probably fewer people. Sheesh.

  5. Ha! This fits right in with wife beater Hakim Ellison mansplaining to womyn that “they don’t want to call the police when they’ve been raped.” I mean, geez dumb ass, are you setting the stage to cover you beating or raping your next girlfriend? Random other women? Asking for a friend.

  6. I like it.

    Remember the Black Panthers glowering in the doors of the polling station to make sure no voters were intimidated? That worked out fine, without any police.

    And Minneapolis already has experience with police alternatives. Felon and former gang member Ferome Brown is the Outreach Coordinator for the Group Violence Initiative. He works for Sasha Cotton, who oversees the city’s Office of Violence Prevention. They already spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year and look at the results! No police involvement at all!

    I’m sure it will all work out fine.

  7. The idea of “civilian patrols” isn’t new. The Guardian Angels were formed by Curtis Sliwa in New York in the late 70’s to combat the plague of street crime; I think they’re still around.

    The problem for leftist slobs is, the GA were self financed and completely voluntary; no graft to be had. They were also, by necessity, focused on Negro neighborhoods and the subway lines that serviced them since that was where the crime was (and still is), so no pandering.

  8. Meanwhile, deep behind leftist lines, a rent seeking poverty pimp smells cash money:

    “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.”

    It’s aaaaall about the Benjamin’s. “Multiple groups” = Crips, Bloods, Vice Lords and their 2nd tier support crews.

  9. The one thing that would improve law enforcement in the business district is patrols walking the beat. People need to feel safe to shop, dine, go to films.

    Plus, the safety program could be largely self-financed through voluntary contributions from busines owners. A group of 10-12 Community Violence Prevention Officers would stop by to tell the owner: “That’s a nice little shop you got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it because you didn’t have no Violence Prevention Insurance.”

  10. I seem to recall reading about community patrol groups in UK and France as well. Uncovered women are accosted, and no drinking allowed.

  11. You know what St. Paul needs? A Gang Task Force.

    The stories I could tell….

  12. I am with Joe Doakes on this one. If I was managing a gang, I would make damn sure the citizen patrols were run by my people.

  13. Anyone else remember the good old days when conservatives were called racist for opposing and fast track hiring of minorities to the MPD with lower training standards? Now the same people that called us racist are complaining that cops in general have fewer hours of training than cosmetologists. I can’t imagine why Mpls has issues, the least of which is a skyrocketing rate of disability claims from the rank and file police officers.

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  15. My sister lived in Little Italy in New York in the 70s, when the city was plagued by violence. Not in her neighborhood however, because “street patrols” from the Five Families kept things safe. Of course shop owners had to pay a tax for the extra protection.

  16. In the last of (pedophile) John Updike’s “Rabbit” novels “Rabbit at Rest”, protection is provided by FedEx, as long as you have a contract with them.

    He may have been on to something, but Amazon didn’t exist when he wrote the book.

  17. What those who want the police to be replaced by social workers forget is that very often, guys who do big crimes do little ones, and thus if you just let the police “handle the big stuff”, they can’t, because they never arrested the squeegee guy who was also robbing apartments and worse.

    And yes, this also sounds like an invitation for the Mob to come back, but worse, because at least the Mob knew that what they were doing was illegal. Cue Bobby Darin….

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