Derek Chauvin was recently sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the charges he was convicted on over the fateful encounter between George Floyd and himself over a year ago. In predictable fashion BLM activists cried foul saying that the sentence wasn’t long enough and, of course, how it’s another example of systemic racism. Now Attorney General of Minnesota Keith Ellison is talking about a summer of violence as though it’s already a forgone conclusion.
Fox News Reports: “A year after cities across the U.S. saw riots following the death of George Floyd, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said faith and community leaders can help avert a spike in violent crime this summer.
“We’ve seen massive numbers of people unemployed during the pandemic. People are out of work, people are worried about rent, this is injecting stress into the community and sometimes that manifests in violence,” Ellison said. “I think we do need those economic supports — the unemployment insurance and the eviction moratorium are coming to an end, these things are going to add stress, they might add to the violence toll, and we’ve got to be aware of these things.”
With concerns over a spike in crime over the summer, @jonkarl asks MN AG Keith Ellison: "What steps need to be taken right now?"
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 27, 2021
Ellison said religious and community leaders, in conjunction with law enforcement officials, could help “stave off what could be a difficult summer if we don’t get ahead of it.”
The question many Minnesotans may be asking themselves is that if violence is so easily predicted what exactly are public officials doing to prevent it? The answer of course is nothing.
Ellison himself has been an outspoken proponent of the BLM movement and posted a since-deleted photo on Twitter holding a copy of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” The book specifically refers to violence as “a small though vital sliver of anti-fascist activity“. His tweet could also be interpreted as an accusation of fascism and threat against former President Donald Trump. Ellison wrote, “…I found the book that strikes fear into the heart of [Donald Trump]” before taking the post down among cries of radicalism.
Ellison identifies as a Muslim and had his own run-in with controversy when an ex-girlfriend publicly accused him of domestic abuse. This was before his campaign for Attorney General and Democrats did their best to discredit the accuser and sweep the whole thing under the rug. So much for #MeToo, at least when it’s a Muslim Democrat whose reputation is on the line. Ellison went on to win the Attorney General position in Minnesota, a state that has a sizable Somali-American Muslim population.
With hundreds of police officers having resigned in 2020 the city of Minneapolis has spent $6.4 million in recruitment efforts, but are still coming up short. It could be that prospective recruits don’t want to deal with the obvious uptick in violence over the course of the last year. However, it’s more likely that they see how the Governor of Minnesota, the Attorney General, and the Mayor of Minneapolis have consistenly treated law enforcement. City and state officials have been those among the ranks of the insane activists calling for “defunding the police”. It’s no wonder that officers don’t have faith in having their lives and livelihoods protected by their bosses and representatives.
What remains to be seen is what the level of violence will be this summer and what will be done about it. If last year is any sign of the actions to be taken, it will be all bark and no bite. 2020’s summer saw a spate of rioting, looting, burning, and violence. It also saw the construction of the “Minneapolis Autonomous Zone” and “George Floyd Square” which city and state officials allowed to be held under activist control with no repercussions. Very few arrests were made.
Perhaps another summer of unrestricted lawlessness will jog the consciences of voters and deliver a much-needed win for law-and-order representatives in the 2022 midterm elections. One can only hope.