Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate: Disarm Police

 In opinion, Politics

“We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system.” Raymond Dehn, Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate  

Raymond Dehn is running against the current Mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges, on the “Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party” ticket. He’s already serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives.  He is also… ‘cough’ …a “community organizer.”

When Dehn came out with his ridiculous idea, the reaction was predictable. He hopefully just sank his campaign by being an idiot.

Minneapolis has been reeling after Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot unarmed Justine Damond. The debate over why that occurred has been considerably hot, even though the investigation is not complete.

“And if we are going to talk about changes in gun policy, we shouldn’t start with police officer[s] who are going to be operating in a world with people who have guns.” Mayor Betsy Hodges

“I don’t think the people in Minneapolis are logically ready for anything like this. Who would ever do the job of policing again? It’s absolutely an absurd thought.” Lt Bob Kroll, head of the Police Union

Even the other candidates, who agreed that there might need to be changes in policing, said that his proposal goes too far.  Ya think? In the midst of a war on police in every corner of country, this candidate beings up a foolish thought.

He says his ideas are in the “formative stage.”  We hesitate to ask but, here’s one of his thoughts: ‘leave their guns in their cars.’

“Officers don’t need to carry guns on their person all the time…I’m not saying they don’t have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars.” Raymond Dehn

Seconds count in law enforcement. One second can mean the difference between life and death – sometimes officers don’t even get that one second, as in the case of Lt. Aaron Allan.

He believes police should not be using their guns, and instead should focus their training on “de-escalation.” Let’s put Mr. Dehn in a police car with no weapon, and let him quell a riot, or de-escalate a suspect bent upon murdering police officers and see how he’d handle it. He wouldn’t. He’d be dead.

Featured photo: Left: Raymond Dehn, Right: Betsy Hodges

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