Lewis Calls to Abolish Minneapolis City Council in Response to Council’s Move to Abolish the Police
Calls on Senator Tina Smith to Stop Hiding in her Basement and Fight Back
June 26, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the Minneapolis City Council advanced their plan to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department.
“Today the Minneapolis City Council continued with their absurd and dangerous plan to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department. The radicals on the City Council want to replace police officers with a new system that is ‘holistic’ and ‘public health-oriented’ run by somebody who doesn’t have experience in law enforcement but rather ‘public health and/or restorative justice.’ If that terrifies you, it should! We got a preview of what life would look like without police officers a month ago when over 1,500 businesses were destroyed by looters and arsonists because law enforcement was told to stand down. Since then, the city has been in chaos, with shootings and violence running amok. More people will die and more businesses will flee if this asinine proposal to abolish the police goes through. For the safety of Minneapolis’ 425,000 residents, I say it’s high-time we abolish the City Council and halt this insane proposal to abolish the police. And, while we’re at it, if police officers don’t get qualified immunity, by all means let’s remove absolute immunity for politicians so citizens can sue them for the economic carnage they deliberately inflicted from their one-size-fits-all lockdown.
Where is Senator Tina Smith? She says she wants to ‘reimagine policing,’ but has failed to specify what that means. Since she refuses to condemn the actions of the Minneapolis City Council, we can only assume this is the kind of reimagining she is hoping for. Tina Smith has a duty to stand up against this radical proposal. We know Tina would prefer to continue hiding in her basement like her endorsed candidate for President, Joe Biden, but her constituents expect and demand more from her than that.”