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Here's What Happens When You Replace Police Officers With Social Workers

Jeff Katz
June 25, 2020 - 4:11 pm
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Residents of an uber leftist Minneapolis neighborhood resolved to stop calling the police to protest police brutality and racial injustice - and now their neighborhood has been flooded with crime and homeless people.

According to the New York Times, the Minneapolis City Council officially began its "defund the police" initiative in Powderhorn Park earlier this month, promising a "new model" of public safety wherein social workers took the place of the police. Of course, the guilty white liberal residents of the neighborhood were more than willing to "check their privilege."

However, the community's attempt at wokeness and "justice" seems to already have backfired. Hundreds of homeless people have moved into the park and crime is rapidly on the rise.

One resident, Shari Albers, who organized an effort to bring in playgrounds and help deal with crime in the neighborhood, now says she is kept awake at night by the new so-called "Powderhorn Park Sanctuary."

"I am afraid," she told the Times. "I know my neighbors are around, but I'm not feeling grounded in my city at all. Anything could happen."

The growing homeless community has brought increased vehicle traffic to the neighborhood, including from drug dealers.

Another resident, Linnea Borden, says she has stopped walking her dog because she is tired of being harassed and catcalled, while Carrie Nightshade doesn't let her kids play in the park anymore because it's not safe. 

Things got so bad for Mitchell Erickson that he broke his woke vow and dialed 911 last week. Erickson was cornered outside his house by two black teenagers, one of whom put a gun to his chest and demanded he hand over his car keys.

The two suspects ran off after he accidentally gave them his house keys instead, and Erickson then called the police, which he says he now "regrets."

"Been thinking more about it," Erickson said in a text to a New York Times reporter. "I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn't been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops."

When the reporter allegedly asked Erickson about the fact that the teens put his life in danger, he responded: "Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn't really have much to add after I called them. I haven't been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed."