There is no way that I can even begin to comprehend what is going on in the mind of Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender as she and her fellow radicals seek to disband the Minneapolis Police Department. Bender received her masters in City and Regional Planning from the bastion of liberalism, the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a city planner for that paragon of sanity (sarcasm), the City of San Francisco. The very same city that has lax policing and whose streets are awash in feces and drug needles from the homeless, mentally ill, and drug addicts who roam, mostly unimpeded, in the City. Bender is, of course, a major supporter of the radical revolutionary communist Bernie Sanders.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked a simple question,
“What if, in the middle of the night, my home is broken into. Who do I call?”
Bender’s response is typical of the self-loathing white liberal indoctrinated to believe that she lives in a dysfunctional country and it is up to her and her fellow progressive socialist democrats to redress historical grievances and care for minorities.
“Yes, I mean I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors, and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege,” Bender answered. “Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done.”
I was unaware that public safety and the necessity of the police department to check the criminals, crazies, and terrorists were associated with a “place of privilege.” Just how do you subdue an arsonist if you are an unarmed firefighter? When you see gang-related violence, do you call a white liberal social worker to defuse the situation? What of a knife-wielding drug-addled crazy threatening to kill someone? Perhaps a drug-treatment counselor should be called? And, heaven forbid you meet one of the Minnesota Islamic terrorists, do you call the local Imam who functions as a community leader?
Pure bafflegab from someone who is so out of touch with reality that she should be removed from office at once…
CNN: HOST, ALISYN CAMEROTA: John. Joining us now is Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender. Ms. Bender, we're so happy to have you this morning, because the move by the city council certainly got a lot of people's attention last night and we're so happy to have you clarify this. So what are you trying to do? Are you hoping by dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department that you will be getting rid of the police department?
LISA BENDER, PRESIDENT MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: I think in Minneapolis, watching George Floyd's death, and the four -- the actions of the four police officers that were involved has been a huge wake-up call for so many in Minneapolis to see what many already knew, which is that our police department is not keeping every member of our community safe.
And so I think step one for us is to tell the truth. Nine council members from communities all across the city of all different backgrounds, standing together to tell the truth and say, this system isn't working for too many of our neighbors for too long, our reform efforts have failed and we have done many, many attempts at reform and new leadership in the department and many things and we still see this tragic death.
And so I think the wake-up of our community is what's driving the city council's announcement yesterday. And now the hard work begins for us to rebuild systems that really work to keep all of our communities safe.
CAMEROTA: But to be clear, you're not talking about reform. The word, dismantle, is intentionally different than reform. This is more than reform. This is dismantling. I mean, activists who support this are calling this a police-free future.
BENDER: Yes. And, you know, a lot of us were asked if we could imagine a future without police back in 2017, when we were running for office. And I answered yes to that question. To me, that future is a long way away and it would take an enormous amount of investment in things that we know work to keep people safe.
I mean, for a lot of folks in our community, stable housing is a safety issue. Having access to healthcare is a safety issue. And so, having -- you know, I think one thing folks are asking is to stop investing so much money in this militarized police force and instead invest in the things that our community really needs.
So, you know, I know the statement was bold and I stand by that bold statement, but the work ahead of us will be long, it will include every member of our community. It has to. And, you know, I think we have very immediate things, we have a state action against our police department, which gives us legal mechanisms in the very short-term.
CAMEROTA: Do you understand that the word, dismantle, or police-free also makes some people nervous, for instance? What if in the middle of night, my home is broken into? Who do I call?
BENDER: Yes, I mean, hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know -- and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done.
And so in the very immediate, we have to lean in to whatever changes we can make in our existing police department. You know, I think we look to cities like Camden, New Jersey, that completely restructured their department, as we build up systems.
We've done an analysis of all the reasons people call 911 and have looked up ways we can shift the response away from our armed police officers into a more appropriate response for mental health calls, for some domestic violence calls, for health-related issues.
And so the groundwork is laid already in Minneapolis for us to build on that, to learn from folks around the world, but really also to listen to our community and put those community voices front and center, as we build up those systems even further.
CAMEROTA: On a political point, as a Democrat, are you worried that you have just handed President Trump a great talking point or slogan or battle cry for his re-election to be able to say, see, Democrats want to get rid of your police? First, they come to take away your guns, as he says. Now, they're taking away your police officers. Does that concern you?
BENDER: You know, that's why I said at the beginning that it starts with telling the truth. And I think we've been afraid of a lot of things, of those political dynamics of what would happen in our city, you know, to have our police force hearing these kinds of words. And that fear is what we have to really work through, because, again, that's the fear that so many in our community are facing. That's the fear that we see, you know, from George Floyd's family, or the family of Jamar Clark or Justine Damon, who were also killed by Minneapolis Police, who have told us, we never want to see this happen again.
CAMEROTA: City Council President Lisa Bender in Minneapolis, we really appreciate you coming on to help explain and clarify all of this. We will speak again, I am sure.
BENDER: Thank you. <Source>
Do you know what I find so sad? That Bender believes that it is her responsibility as an elite white person of privilege to dictate how blacks and others should live their lives rather than demand they take responsibility for their own action. I do not recall that she has any specific training in the management of human nature.
With the progressive socialist democrats, stupid is as stupid does. Unfortunately, they have a progressive mainstream media cleaning up the crap they left on their streets. The real truth is that the progressives are using this example of wrongdoing to silence their critics, bully citizens into granting them more political power, and to detract from the truth that it is their policies that have failed and given us this chaos and craziness.
Has anyone noticed the paradox of the progressives who want to de-fund the police AND deny you your Second Amendment rights to own a weapon for self-defense?
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS