The death of George Floyd in a confrontation with police and the subsequent riots have been a turning point for life in Minneapolis. Minnesota's capital city suffers all too often from the violence of radical movements that under the umbrella of Black Lives Matter (BLM), ransack the city and make uninhabitable what not long ago was a seemingly peaceful place.
Today we take a look at the Revolver News tribune. In it, the digital asks "What the hell happened to Minneapolis?" It does so in the wake of the savage attacks this July by Somali immigrants following the death of suspected criminal Andrew Tekle Sundberg.
First of all, it is worth recalling the facts: according to investigators, Sundberg broke into an apartment building and also fired multiple shots in the neighborhood. A neighbor, Arabella Yarbrough, called 911 reporting that a bullet had gone through the wall of the apartment where she was staying with her young children. The police tried for six hours to convince the assailant to stop.
The Minneapolis Police Department has shared the video in which you can see the episode and the distress of the mother and children in the presence of the shooter. The images are taken from the body camera of one of the officers who responded to the call.
Assaults and shootings disguised as racial protests
Instead of thanking the police for their actions to prevent a bigger circumstance, what we have seen in Minneapolis is an attempt to repeat the Black Lives Matter protests. Immediately after Andrew Sundberg's death, dozens of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the police action. And not only that, they even rallied against the mother who was on the verge of losing her life and those of her little ones. She herself, had to face the mob.
Things boiled over during Saturday's rally and march for Tekle Sundberg, when the 24 year old woman who says he was shooting into her apt. showed up voicing her frustration with those gathering in front of her building on Sundberg's behalf. @kare11 * video contains profanity * pic.twitter.com/qdi1vbgO7k
- Deevon Rahming (@DeevonRahming) July 16, 2022
This was just the beginning. The protesters cared little that the police had saved the children's lives. This is because the agenda of the radical movement embodied by BLM has nothing to do with upholding justice, and much to do with destabilization and crime, as witnessed in the events of 2020 after the death of George Floyd. On this occasion, the violence came at the hands of a group of Somali immigrants who spread terror in the city with the excuse of protesting Sundberg's death.
Minneapolis: Groups of Somalian males and youths attacked people on the street with fireworks. One woman walking a dog was targeted. pic.twitter.com/nCatKOzIjr
- Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 6, 2022
Pyrotechnic attacks, shootings and assaults. This is the radicals' way of asking for 'justice'. This is not the first time it has happened in the city. Revolver News informs us that these episodes have been repeated constantly since George Floyd's death. In April 2021, Agent Kimberly Potter fired her weapon during a struggle with fugitive Daunte Wright. Following this, there were days of looting and chaos in the city where 24 stores were robbed simultaneously. Some of them had already been damaged during the Floyd riots.
About 100 protesters confronted police in riot gear after a police officer fatally shot Black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb https://t.co/NVmwXvjZFR pic.twitter.com/xjJJaXDHdk4
- Reuters (@Reuters) April 12, 2021
Shortly thereafter, in June 2021, Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a fugitive from justice, was gunned down after shooting several officers. Again, there were more assaults and a collapse in the city which had to then cancel tourist events for several months.
Protection for criminals and police defunding
The biggest problem is not only that these protests become generalized, but also that they are supported and protected by the public administration. The analysis in Revolver News notes that, although Minneapolis has not formally joined the progressive trend of defunding the police force, the cops currently have a budget of $196 million, up slightly from the $193 million budget they had at the beginning of 2020. However, with inflation soaring across the country, the city would need - according to Revolver's estimates - a police budget of $221 million just to match its police spending of two years ago.
With this data on the table, in 2021 arrests for robbery were reduced by almost two-thirds, despite the fact that the number of robberies increased. Arrests for shootings and assaults fell 20%, and arrests for rape fell 70%. Meanwhile, homicides continue to soar in the city. As is already the case in other large cities such as Chicago, the police are in the spotlight. Officers are repeatedly singled out for doing their job and an entire police forces are persecuted by public authorities, are fueling an increase in crime and unrest with unforeseeable consequences. Cities can also commit suicide and Minneapolis is playing with fire. Literally. Let us not forget how the radicals celebrated their particular 4th of July celebrations.
Terrorists targeting cops in Minneapolis July 4, Stone Arch Bridge. pic.twitter.com/ycf56FwDex
- CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) July 10, 2022