Our grand experiment with defunding the police has FAILED.

It has fizzled. In the last 15 months we have defunded the Police in Minneapolis. Frankly the Minneapolis City Council did not defund the police. Mayor Jacob did not defund the police. Some grand policy pronouncement or movement did not defund the police. The defunding of the police happened ORGANICALLY. The defunding of the police happened when no one was looking? It happened without symbolic posturing from our leading Minneapolis City Council Members. The Minneapolis Police Department was actually defunded by close to twenty-five percent (25.00%) over the course of the last year due to early retirements on the police force. Due to the large percentage of police officers with claims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who don’t show up at work anymore or walk the beat.

The proof of the success/nonsuccess of the Defund The police movement is in front of our very eyes. The proof is in the proverbial pudding. Crime is at an unprecedented level. Murder is up. Shootings are up. Drag racing is now a regular weekend occurrence. Children get shot as they jump on their trampoline in North Minneapolis. The facts are clear. Let’s not mince words. The Defund the police movement cannot look away or avoid the train wreck they have caused in our City of Lakes.

Any member of the Minneapolis City Council who is still talking about defunding the police simply does not read the Star Tribune newspaper or ever watch television. I am a lifelong Democrat. A Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Democrat. But Democrats care about neighborhoods. Democrats care about local businesses. Democrats care about safety. Democrats care about the victims.

I am all about ACCOUNTABILITY and SAFETY. The Minneapolis Police Department has made many significant mistakes and errors that have cost innocent lives. Historically significant mistakes. However there are good people on the Minneapolis Police Department. I stand with the good cops. In addition, I stand with Chief Medaria Arradondo.

We will conduct a bottom to top review of the Minneapolis Police Department. News flash. Change is coming to the department. Major structural and operational changes will be made. Everything from how 911 calls are handled to what weapons the cop carries on the beat to what additional non-lethal weapons can be added to a Minneapolis Police Officer’s utility belt. I am a business guy. I am a problem solver. We are going to look at everything. We are going to make innovative changes. There is going to be a new Minneapolis Police Department moving forward. I will stake my reputation on it. It is not about politics. It is about results.

The other challengers in the race continue to want to defund the police by 25%, 50% or simply eliminate the police all together. Many are saying the front line Minneapolis cops on the beat no longer respect the Mayor. It is simply time for a change. A reboot is fully necessary. The facts truly drive this discussion. Forget the politics.

Join your neighbors in this move to a better Minneapolis.

-Mark