Everyone knows that George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.
Now it's looking like there may have been another death that day: The city of Minneapolis.
Determining the cause of death for Minneapolis may be as contentious as determining the cause of death for George Floyd.
In Minneapolis' case we lean toward sins of commission and omission.
The Washington Examiner made a visit to Minneapolis recently and found, "Violent crime in the city soared by 21% in 2020 compared to the previous year, with property crime growing by 10% as well. In the months following Floyd's death, the homicide rate spiked by 50%, with the overall murder solve rate at roughly 41%, lower than the national average."
Bill Carlyon, a resident since 1980 observed, "When I moved here, [Minneapolis] was diverse. [There were] mixed bars [and] mixed restaurants, [and] nobody thought anything of that. I don't know what happened since then." Today, "Almost everybody I know won't come downtown anymore for any reason. We used to come down to theater events and movies all the time. Now there's gangs that just rove around and beat up old people."
The rioting and destruction after Floyd's death and the criminality that followed are the crimes of commission. The crimes of omission are the lack of response to the lawlessness.
The city council voted to defund the police and then hired private security to keep themselves safe.
In an interview, one council member said that calling the police during a home invasion, "comes from a place of privilege." And although city leadership went to great lengths to absolve the rioters in the "mostly peaceful" protests of any collective blame for the fires, death, looting and vandalism they caused, the entire Minneapolis police department was found collectively guilty for the actions of one officer.
As the Examiner put it, "City council members advocating to defund the police as crime skyrockets concerns new parents like James Carpenter and only highlights the increasing divide between far-left childless 20-somethings and traditional Democrat-voting liberals just looking to start families in Minneapolis."
Carpenter made an attempt to put the situation into context, but his chances of persuading the council are slim, "Yes, things need to be reformed, but to think this is the same as the era of Martin Luther King Jr.? Come on."
Unfortunately, the leftists who run the city are under the delusion that every day is the day they will march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
As the George Floyd trial approaches, there is a palpable sense of threat hovering over the city. The area around the courthouse where the trial will be held looks more like Berlin in the last days of World War II than a city in the United States. "Two sets of barriers with barbed wire in the middle wrap the perimeter of town hall and the courthouse …[elsewhere] starting just after sunrise, contractors continued their work hammering massive pieces of plywood over storefronts and various banks."
One resident exclaimed, "It's just wild. I just can't believe it. I took the train from my neighborhood just to get a look."
The only ray of hope for law-abiding residents is that the security of the city isn't being left to its feckless city council. State and local officials have been planning for the trial.
Minnesota National Guard troops will be deployed in Minneapolis along with state and local law enforcement in an effort to stop any riot before it starts.
Let's hope this show of force is successful. Otherwise Minneapolis may join Detroit as a city where the central business district was killed by rioting.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker's bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with addedhumor!)" Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.