No - He Really Isn't Joking
Would-be mayor of Minneapolis Raymond Dehn has come up with what must surely count as one of the flakiest policy ideas of the last one hundred years or so.
What he proposes is that... All police officers should leave their guns behind in their cars when dealing with members of the public (including presumably well armed criminal suspects)! Yes, you did read that correctly.
It has to be said in all fairness to the great city of Minneapolis that his ideas are meeting with some considerable degree of skepticism. Current mayor Betsy Hodges said ?And if we are going to talk about changes in gun policy, we shouldn?t start with police officers who are going to be operating in a world with people who have guns?. Couldn't agree more Mayor.
What Mr Dehn Proposed
In a statement from Friday, July 21, he said, ?We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system".
Dehn also said that ?drastic changes? need to be made in police officer training, including how we get officers to not react to use their gun in situations, but learning skills around de-escalation training.?
Dehn said that he is working on the details of his proposal, and that he wants to meet with police officers to come up with strategies to keep the community and officers safe.
In response, Lieutenant Bob Kroll, Minneapolis Police Federation President, said that Dehn?s proposal ??would not fly with any cop.? He said ?I don?t think the people in Minneapolis are logically ready for anything like this. Who would ever do the job of policing again? It?s absolutely an absurd thought.?
The other mayoral candidates told Fox9 that they believe reform is needed within the police department, but taking away an officer?s firearm is ?going too far?.
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