Mayor Takes Heat for Response as Minneapolis Burns By Steve Karnowski | June 1, 2020 Email This Subscribe to Newsletter Email to a friend Facebook Tweet LinkedIn Print Article Article 19 Comments June 1, 2020 at 3:12 pm Jon says: Like or Dislike: 11 5I don’t know, my personal favorite headline from the mayor of Minneapolis below seems like he’s doing fine. Minneapolis mayor to Trump: ‘Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis’ Trump-y boy sure loves pointing the finger. June 1, 2020 at 4:06 pm bob says: Like or Dislike: 8 4Surrendering the station undoubtedly save lives. The only option would have been to have the officers on the roof open fire on protesters or attempt some type of outside rescue. Either way people die. I’m old enough to remember Daley’s shoot to kill order in 68. That just made things worse, got people killed and did not protect any property. When I think of battle field command “Old Bone Spurs” certainly comes to mind. His heroic leadership in at San Juan Hill, the Argonne, Iwo Jima, Chosin and Hue are the stuff of legend. June 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm Jon says: Like or Dislike: 7 3You do not know the “only option” you are an insurance professional and a dishonest one at that. Remember last week when you tried to prove your argument by linking an article behind a paywall, except the part of the article beneath the paywall actually disproved your argument? And then you just mysteriously chose to stop responding? I remember. Oh really? You’re that old? I remember when you were lying on these boards that you were a body builder in your 20s. Keep your dishonesty to yourself. June 1, 2020 at 4:27 pm cicero says: Like or Dislike: 6 2I watched the Unicorn Riot live stream of the burning of the 3rd precinct with much glee tbh; I have no idea how or when this calms down, because the injustices continue daily, and aggressive police responses only make matters worse. Glad my insureds are covered for vandalism, riot and civil commotion, theft, etc.! June 1, 2020 at 4:50 pm Captain Planet says: Like or Dislike: 6 4No kidding about the injustices. And, what’s up with the aggressive approach on members of the free press? I surmise it has everything to do with the president’s rhetoric on a frequent basis. Because of his constant attack on the free press, authority figures are now desensitized and following suit. I don’t believe this mayor mishandled in his approach. I am also curious to see how long this lasts. We had an enforceable curfew here in Des Moines last night. I went to the grocery store and was a couple minutes too late. They closed at 6 due to “social unrest”. This is out of hand and maybe, just maybe now, we’ve reached the boiling point necessary to put a stop to these needless murders. I do like the idea of a police oversight committee and so does the African American community at large. I expect that to be something that is implemented once this administration comes to a close. June 1, 2020 at 4:50 pm Jon says: Like or Dislike: 6 4My town is small and primarily white. There was a small protest at a park several blocks from our downtown. A couple of hours later this spontaneously turned into a march through our main downtown street. Those police officers who stood by and watched at the park reappeared in full riot gear. The police are here to protect the interests of the wealthy. Meanwhile, alt-right trolls are trying to out left-wing musicians as “ANTIFA” because people on the right still don’t understand that that’s not really a thing. Let em burn, I say. June 1, 2020 at 9:41 pm Wisco74 says: Like or Dislike: 4 0I had a very opposite experience in my small and primarily white town. Over the weekend there was a protest march from one end of town to the other (about 4 miles). On the busy intersection about 150-200 protesters stood on the sides of the roads with their signs and chanting. When the crossed the street they waited for the signals and did not disrupt traffic. There were a few signs I thought were inappropriate as they were given to young children to hold (I would not have blinked an eye had the adult been holding it). There were two instances when some of the group threw items at passing cars that did not honk but the majority quickly stopped those folks and they were asked to leave. They cleaned up after themselves. Overall I think it was a perfect example of how protests should be and I respected their right to protest and agreed with most of their messages (however I do not believe all police are bad). At the very beginning of the protest the police did go to the meeting place to let them know they were supportive of the protest and had no plans to monitor the protest. If the protesters did need them they should call and they would come to assist. True to their word there was no police presence (nor was it needed), well other than the police car that was following an ambulance to the hospital and that literally was the intersection they had to go through to get there. A few miles away in either direction there were a few more small, primarily white towns that are probably considered “wealthier” towns also had protests with the same exact outcomes. I have also heard of other smaller towns / cities in my state that had protests all will those experiences. The message was shared and people not with the protest were respectful and did not try to instigate anything and police were not needed nor seen. However in three of our larger cities the protests turn violent with looting, vandalism, fires, and one police officer has been shot. I wish I knew why a lot of areas here have not had issues the larger cities are experiencing. I have a lot of respect for our officers and what they do. Yes there are bad people that are officers and they should be removed from the force and if their actions are criminal they should be prosecuted and punished accordingly. Saying all cops are bad and deserve to burn (not directed at your comment Jon, just things I have been hearing in news reports and various online forums) would be like saying all black people are criminals and should be in jail. Both statements are blanket and false……Those that are bad should be dealt with accordingly those that are good are worthy of respect (and to me that applies to everyone in any profession, of any race, etc). June 2, 2020 at 10:31 am Jon says: Like or Dislike: 3 2hi Wisco. I totally understand that blanket statements are always wrong, and you can’t just say all cops are bad, but on some level I kind of feel like it’s justified. The police in our country have built a culture where they’re not allowed to enforce the law against other cops, and that’s the problem. There are deeper problems within our justice system but on a most basic level, if cops see other cops breaking the law more often than not they turn a blind eye. They turn off their body cams. No good cops can exist while they allow for this kind of double standard. As long as cops are unwilling to admit that not all cops are good and some should be removed from their position, I can’t consider all cops anything but bad. June 2, 2020 at 1:35 pm Wisco74 says: Like or Dislike: 2 0For me I have several relatives and friends in law enforcement and honestly all of my interactions have always been “good” (I mean getting pulled over and ticketed for speeding is never good but hopefully you understand what I mean) so my perspective is very different from yours and many others. As a middle class white woman I will not pretend to understand what minorities go through when it comes to policy interaction and I don’t think I will truly ever be able to. Now I do empathize and I do support those protesters that are getting there message out there without violence and destruction and I hope this time meaningful change comes from this. I also do agree that those police officers that are good at their job and do it well and follow the rules and treat people with respect need to feel they can stop someone when they start to go to far during an incident or be able to report another officer for bad behavior. Until they can freely do so without repercussions (like other officers ignoring their calls when they need help on a call as retaliation) they will feel like they can’t fully speak up. My hope is leaders of departments form the biggest cities to the smallest take note and start to realize they have to give good officers the means to speak up and out against other officers without it being looked down upon. June 2, 2020 at 6:02 pm Perplexed says: Like or Dislike: 0 1“I kind of feel like it’s justified”. Wonder how you will feel if they burn your home, Jon? Will you offer it up as a sacrifice to show how noble you are and how you support the riots, looting, killing, beatings, burning of others businesses. Listen to yourself. June 2, 2020 at 6:08 pm Jon says: Like or Dislike: 1 0I’m a black man in America, Perplexed, what makes you think they haven’t? I’ve actually felt unfair racism and oppression by the police. Have you? Or do you just complain about how 99% of the cops are good? Some jobs 99% isn’t enough. Jobs that carry a gun are like that, or should be at least. Listen to yourself, what are you even saying other than whining about my posts as usual? Get over yourself and realize there’s a hell of a lot you don’t know. Age does not equal wisdom in your case. June 2, 2020 at 6:48 pm Captain Planet says: Like or Dislike: 0 0Perplexed, Would you take a knee as a sacrifice to show how noble you are and how you support Black Lives Matter? June 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm Captain Planet says: Like or Dislike: 7 2cicero, Here comes Louisville next. Sounds like David McAtee was a stand-up guy. He would feed the police for free. This won’t end well, unfortunately. June 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm Jon says: Like or Dislike: 7 2Yet another instance where police body cameras just happened to be off. Shocking, said no one. June 1, 2020 at 6:45 pm Captain Planet says: Like or Dislike: 6 3I just loaded up on AR 15s so I can be ready for this tyrannical government. I heard the president say the protesters have to be dominated. But, he was awfully silent when the Covidiots were out with their treasonous Confederate flag, armed, and wanting Baskin Robbins. June 1, 2020 at 9:01 pm Captain Planet says: Like or Dislike: 7 2The US is now a military state. What happened to my freedom to be outside at night? This is no longer America. Between his botched virus response and his divisive rhetoric, he has destroyed our country. June 2, 2020 at 11:24 am cicero says: Like or Dislike: 1 0I wish you were being hyperbolic, but after last night you are on the money…sadly. I’ve joined the Socialist Rifle Association tbh June 2, 2020 at 6:42 pm Captain Planet says: Like or Dislike: 0 0And, meanwhile, we have a president who fired flash bangs and tear gas to create a path to abuse a church as a backdrop and blaspheme a Bible as a prop. And, this is an example of: A) What Jesus would do B) The antithesis of what Jesus preached, lived, and died for At what time does the morality of those who claim to follow Jesus usurp the misguided yet calculated political actions of a sociopath? June 1, 2020 at 11:18 pm Jon says: Like or Dislike: 4 1All you have are ridiculous jokes because you don’t have any data to back up your arguments while your president quite literally wages war on american citizens. Comment have been closed for this article.