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.
[OCS: This is a nonsensical statement given that law enforcement cannot be everywhere they are needed, when they are needed, and with the right prescriptive to diffuse or resolve any particular situation.]
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.
[OCS: Whose truth? Because the absolute truth is that George Floyd, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 232-pound well-muscled African American man with a long history of violent, gun-related crime, resisted arrest and died after being subdued while in police custody. Did the officer do something which appears criminal and out-of-policy? Yes! Did his three fellow officers fail to take action to prevent this tragedy? Yes! Will these officers be appropriately punished? Yes! Did this warrant wholesale violence, arson, looting, and the destruction of public and private property? NO!
With any large system, you will always find individual acts of malfeasance (an act that is illegal or wrongful), misfeasance (an act that is legal but improperly performed), nonfeasance (a failure to act that results in harm). To dismantle a system that protects the majority of the population to cover the remaining small percentage of the population may not even be possible given the vagaries of circumstance and human nature.]
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.
[OCS: This is a bald-faced lie. What was driving the city council’s announcement was politics, in specific, progressive socialist democrat politics and the desire to maintain the power, perks, privileges, and profits of City Council members.]
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.
[Imagination is a wonderful thing. I wonder if Lisa Bender could imagine a nation with total equality, unicorns, and self-licking lollipops? Unrealistic, but so is the progressive socialist democrat future the Democrats are trying to sell to the American public.]
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.
[OCS: Amazing, those are the exact talking points of the progressive socialist democrats who purport to have an answer, based on their unique expertise and science, for all of the nation’s social ills. Considering the amount of time Democrats have governed in distressed areas, one might have assumed that the public would see some progress and the politicians would be able to account for the tremendous expenditures of public funds.]
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.
You know, there are lessons from all over the country, all over the world that we're looking to take immediate steps while we work toward building the systems that we would need to imagine that future.
[OCS: Not one government has been able to solve the problem of the “lone wolf” criminal, crazy, or terrorist. It is impossible to build a system that is responsive to the needs of every individual. We can only hope to get it right 80% of the time and then pursue incremental progress toward the next 10%.]
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.
[OCS: I wonder what it would feel like to live in a reality where those confronted by police officers, many family men and women who are already fearful for their lives, would simply surrender, not resist arrests, and not aim weapons at officers. Gives a whole new meaning to “Hands Up Don’t Shoot.”]
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.
And we've already done that. We are not starting from scratch. We have invested in community-based safety strategies. We have knowledge in our community across the city.
[OCS: No matter how much knowledge police officers may have or training they may have experienced, there will always be outliers – outliers that will be exploited by corrupt politicians acting in the own self-interests. More truth?]
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.
[OCS: Where are you going to find a doctor, social workers, or mental health expert that is going to stand-up against an irrational armed person who may be on mind-altering drugs or in a state of rage against another individual? Will this first-responder be armed? Even training law enforcement to recognize and respond to mentally-impaired individuals does not remove life-threatening danger to the first-responder.]
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.
[OCS: You mean listen to those progressive socialist democrats who want to bring about a revolution to destroy America and its institutions in order to re-create the system in another manner. Considering that many in Minnesota believe that the system should be Sharia Law governed by radical Imams who might issue fatwas against infidels, what weight do you give their voices to disable police departments?]
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?
[OCS: With progressive socialist democrats, it always comes back to President Trump who had absolutely nothing to do with the police department and people in Minneapolis. If anything, Camerota has illustrated institutional political insanity and corruption that would see people killed before they vote for the GOP.]
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.
And so the efforts we have taken so far to stop this, to make sure no one is killed in this way have not worked. So our statement is to try something new.
[OCS: Why is it that Bender does not mention David Dorn, a 77-year-old Black retired St. Louis police captain and municipal chief who was shot to death by looters and died on the sidewalk while the tragedy was filmed live on Facebook? Who was protecting him from the mob? Want to try something new? Quit excusing the bad behavior of thugs in the black community and start promoting individual responsibility. And, of course, resign your position in favor of a minority.]
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>