In the wake of the overdose death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, many major cities have seen an exponential increase in civil unrest, riots, criminal damage to property, assaults, carjackings and crimes of violence.
It’s not a coincidence that this uptick is happening in all of the major Democrat controlled cities of America, that have politicized their law enforcement agencies’ top cops, essentially weaponizing the police and using cops to enforce masking, lockdowns and mandates that are considered, by many, to be unconstitutional in nature.
We have seen hundreds of publicized stories of small business owners closing their doors, most permanently, as indoor gatherings have been banned in places like Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Baltimore, and Minneapolis, just to name a few.
Meanwhile, as business owners plead with elected representatives, the restrictions continue to tighten. In some cities, the overreach has gone so far as to now limit, or completely ban, outdoor dining and social gathering events, despite the efforts of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to comply with these unprecedented and hypocritical mandates. In Sherman Oaks, California, Angela Marsden was forced to close down the outdoor dining area she spent thousands to construct, but Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Eric Garcetti gave the legal blessing to Hollywood elitists to set up a huge compound of tents for a film maker’s event directly across the street. Yes, 50 feet away, elected representatives determined it was ‘safe’ to sit on top of each other for a champagne toast over posh hors d’oeuvres, but having a burger and an IPA at the Pineapple Hill Saloon, right across the street, is sure to be the reason you succumb to the horrifically dangerous and deadly world-ending plague.
In Grant City, New York, a Staten Island restaurant general manager was hauled out of the business in handcuffs and arrested after the owner refused to comply with the closure mandates enforced only in certain parts of Deblasio’s city. Just a few blocks away, the mayor deemed it safe to dine and drink, but at Mac’s Public House, you were certain to require intubation after the inevitable exposure you’d have to the Coronavirus.
In St Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday, a group of self-proclaimed ‘patriots’ gathered outside of the governor’s mansion to peacefully protest against these restrictions and school closures. As in most cases in today’s climate, counter-protesting groups claiming affiliation to Black Lives Matter, Incorporated and ANTIFA responded by slashing the tires of cars and trucks belonging to the patriots, spray painting the vehicles and using sharp utensils to carve anarchist logos into the hood of at least one vehicle – all while St Paul police officers stood by and watched, doing nothing to stop the criminal damage to property.
Why are the police protecting the violence-inciting groups that cause damage? Why are they allowing the same groups that claim responsibility for burning police precincts and businesses all over the country to continue their criminal assault on law abiding protesters, in broad daylight, right out in front of the governor’s mansion? Why are radical progressives pushing to legalize crime?
To answer these questions, we must first look at the pressure being applied to police command staffs by progressive radicals in major cities. You either comply with our list of demands, or you’ll be cancelled. The smaller groups with the loudest mouths and threats of physical violence and destruction are being catered to, while the hard-working, tax-paying, business owners and law abiding citizens are quietly trying to live their lives amid the chaos of riots, protests and anarchy in their cities. If mayors don’t listen, they’ll be removed. If police chiefs and elected sheriff’s department top cops don’t follow the direction of the mayors and county commissioners, they’ll be fired. If the cops act outside of department policy at the street level, they’ll lose their careers. The cancel culture is winning in most major democrat controlled cities across the country. It’s a disturbing trend.
You may be celebrating the fact that you don’t live in Minneapolis, St Paul, Los Angeles or Detroit, but what if I told you that your tax dollars may be soaked up by left-wing organizers, even in your suburb or small town?
Let’s take a look at Red Wing, Minnesota, a small town of just 16,000 residents about an hour south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. PC Radio has been made aware of a task force on government policies and practices, where the first area of focus is public safety. In an official publication with City of Red Wing logos boldly pasted to the header area, the task force lays out a ten year strategic plan, with the first paragraph citing, ‘The City of Red Wing acknowledges that institutional and systemic racism and the bias of white privilege exists throughout society’, and ‘The goal of this community-based task force is to take intentional steps in identifying and eliminating systemic racism throughout city government by working together as a community to improve policies and practices in every department’.
If you’re a resident of the city, you’ve been told that you have access to the meeting recordings, notes and initiatives being laid out by this ‘task force’, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a resident in the city that has any knowledge of this, whatsoever. PC Radio producers made contact with 23 residents of the city, none of which had heard that the commission existed, much less what it is costing the taxpayers of that town.
With just a quick bit of research, we learned that the facilitator of these monthly meetings is a woman by the name of Dominique Johnson. Johnson is a Baltimore native, who founded the Center for Policing Equity, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California. So, what does a Baltimore native know about Red Wing, MN? We don’t know. What we do know, is that Johnson is rumored to be compensated to the tune of about $35,000 for coordinating the bi-monthly zoom meeting that digs into racism amongst the officers that patrol a town, which if you have visited, you may compare to Mayberry, U.S.A. After looking at public data on Red Wing’s police calls and contacts, we weren’t able to find instances where police are beating or shooting black people at alarming rates. As a matter of fact, we didn’t find one. In addition to Johnson’s compensation, each of the twelve members are being paid $75 for each meeting they attend, which, according to the city’s 18 month bi-weekly agreement, is costing the taxpayers $32,400.
If the cost of nearly $70,000 being spent in the dark isn’t enough to disturb the residents of that town, imagine if I told you that the members of this ‘task force’ could be career criminals or illegal immigrants? Yes, according to the requirements for consideration included in the documentation provided to PC Radio, background checks were not performed on applicants, and those with a criminal record or those who are undocumented will not be declined for that reason.
So, if I live in Red Wing, I stand to contribute to a huge investment for a major city organization, headed up by a woman who has never been to my city, to coordinate a zoom meeting, at which point my small town police department policies are influenced by the opinions of criminals and non-U.S. citizens, to re-structure a department with zero evidence of prejudice policing, or even one incident involving the allegations of excessive use of force against a black person, essentially compensating all of these people to make an issue where no issue exists. What a racket. I’m in the wrong business.
I would encourage you all to take a look at what your local government is doing. Your elected representatives work for you, and you should hold them accountable.