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Who’s to blame?

June 17, 2020
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Another crisis -- the criminal act of a policeman in Minneapolis! Who's at fault?

Minneapolis is totally run by Democrats -- Mayor, City Council, School Board, Police Chief etc. -- Republicans only run in Minneapolis for practice. I have read nothing blaming the mayor or the police chief. Leaders are responsible unless they are Democrats it seems.

The New York Times reports that Minneapolis prides itself on embracing multiculturalism but it also struggles with segregation and racial gaps. Minneapolis leads the nation on education gaps between the races.

This is not the first criminal act by a cop in Minneapolis that was far out of bounds.

Last June a former Minneapolis copy was sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the 2017 shooting death of a woman visiting from Australia. He had said she "startled" him. He was a minority cop. She was white.

So who's to blame? How about the mayor for choosing a police chief who can't train and manage his police force effectively; Or the City Council that turns a blind eye; Or the citizens of Minneapolis who continue to vote for a failed system?

What do the crimes in cities like Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Baltimore, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Atlanta all have in common? They are governed overwhelmingly by the Democratic Party. What do the Democrats/Fake news report? That the Republicans are racist! Especially Donald Trump!

In the late '80s New York City was a mess. Tourism was down because there was so much crime and it was dangerous to walk the streets. It was so bad a Republican, Giuliani, was elected Mayor. In less than a year the whole city was turned around. It became a safe city and homicides went down to about a third of what they had been. But New York City is a liberal city and once Giuliani retired, they gradually returned to electing Democrats and once again the crime is mounting and the city is becoming a mess.

News flash! The Democratic governor of New York State just considered replacing the Democratic Mayor of New York City because he had handcuffed the police allowing terrible damage from the riots.

Bad cops! High crime! Bad education! It's all the racist Republicans fault?

John Benedict

Cape Coral



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