Sheriff James Stuart, of Anoka County, MN has let his position be known on the irresponsible actions and talk of the elected ‘leaders’ of Minneapolis. Recently, Minneapolis City Council and Mayor have talked about the ‘need to defund the police’ and now they seem to be acting on it.
If they think they’re going to defund the police department and then ask surrounding law enforcement to come in and restore their community as it drives right off a cliff, they may have a surprise waiting.
Sheriff Stuart published a Facebook post stating his position on the issue.
The members of the Minneapolis City Council should be mindful that numerous other law enforcement agencies have responded to support them, to restore order, to protect their citizens and to return peace to their city during recent tragic days. We did this while joining our communities in disgust over the way in which George Floyd lost his life and in hopes of a stronger, unified future.
There are clearly concerns to be addressed and areas to be fixed.
However, If they choose to eliminate their police department through defunding operations without a realistic plan, they must also choose to live with the consequences of their decisions. We are one of many agencies who have no appetite for going back to their city to restore order again; especially if their decision is to actively compromise the safety of the city.
Cooler heads who seek actual answers while working with their community will find realistic answers. Those who embrace impulsive actions must live with the consequences and I think we have all suffered enough from a variety of bad decisions.
Stuart has seen an outpouring of support on his Facebook page since publishing the post. It has over 6,800 likes and 3,700 shares.
Sounds like a reasonable position to me. Why should they go risk their lives for a city that intentionally created a disaster and won't back their good men in uniform? To do that would seem like walking right into an ambush. To make matters worse, those who might harm the officers might also be free to walk away with no charges if recent history is any indicator.