In a crushing blow to Black Lives Matter-aligned activists, the city of Minneapolis may soon be forking out millions of dollars in settlements to cops and firefighters who left their jobs last year amid violent riots in Minnesota and elsewhere that came in response to the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody.
According to the Washington Examiner, Minneapolis could be on the hook for as much as $35 million as part of workers compensation packages that reportedly average around $175,000.
The development comes as cities across the nation are said to be reconsidering their decisions to reduce funding for local police departments in the wake of Floyd’s death amid recent spikes in violent crime.
“If you want to talk about pandemics, we’re dealing with a pandemic of violence. We’re under siege. You wake up and go to bed in fear because you don’t know what’s going to happen next,” Cathy Spann, an activist and resident of North Minneapolis, recently told The Washington Post. “And our city has failed to protect us.”
Settlements of up to $250K
Minneapolis residents like Spann have violent protesters to thank for the recent exodus of first responders, some of whom said they suffered PTSD as a result of demonstrators burning down a local precinct during the unrest last summer.
At least one payout to an individual was said to total roughly $250,000. According to the Examiner, the city will spread out the payments over several years to soften the blow — but an attorney for dozens of the former first responders suggests local leaders should have seen this coming.
“I think they felt for a long, long time that the community doesn’t want them, doesn’t respect them, and doesn’t care about them,” lawyer Ron Meuser said, according to the Examiner.
Pressed for comment, Minneapolis officials indicated they couldn’t release specifics.
“We’re pretty constrained in what we can say publicly about issues that include private information from city employees,” a representative told the Examiner in April.
Here’s the takeaway
While the mainstream media has kept the story under wraps, the situation in Minneapolis and other cities that cut their police forces last year — either by choice or because of early retirements — is growing more dire by the day.
Thanks to the police walking away, America’s cities are now more unsafe than ever, and history suggests this plight has had and will have a disproportionate impact on minority communities.
It all just goes to show that defund the police simply doesn’t work. But will Democrats ever be willing to admit that? I wouldn’t hold my breath.