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Minneapolis Taxpayers Footing A Huge Bill for City Council Members To Have Private Security

By Steve Straub at The Federalist Papers

Over the past two weeks the Minneapolis City Council has been very busy attacking their police department. First they unanimously voted to replace their police department with community-led public safety systems, whatever that means. Then just yesterday they furthered their agenda by unanimously passing an ordinance to replace their police department with a department of community safety and violence prevention.

It turns out that over this same period of time, the city council has hired private security to to protect three of their council members from “threats” at taxpayer expense to the tune of $4,500 per day. According to Fox9 News:

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The City of Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day for private security for three council members who have received threats following the police killing of George Floyd, FOX 9 has learned.

A city spokesperson said the private security details have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks.

The three council members who have the security detail – Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), and Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9)– have been outspoken proponents of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.

So the average citizen will have a department of community safety and violence prevention “prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach” run by a director who “will have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches” for protection while their city council gets personal armed guards.

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Apparently in Minneapolis it is security for some, the elite, those in office, but not for the public at large who pays the bill either way.

This article originally appeared at The Federalist Papers and was republished with permission.

*This article may not be reprinted without expressed permission from The Federalist Papers.

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