Over the last several weeks, “three members of the Minneapolis City Council who voted to eliminate the local police force are being protected by a private security detail that costs taxpayers $4,500 a day,” according to the New York Post.
This comes days after the Minneapolis city council voted unanimously in 12-0 decision to abolish the city’s police department following the death of George Floyd. Violent crime in Minnesota’s largest city is twice the national average and four times higher than the rest of Minnesota.
As millions of Black Lives Matter protestors call for the abolition of America’s police forces across the country, many critics pointed out in a world without police only the rich and powerful, and politically connected will have access to protection. City Council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham, and Alondra Cano serve as Exhibit A. All three who were prominent advocates of defunding the city’s police force were given private security paid for by tax dollars.
Their bill to taxpayers over the last three weeks is already over $63,000.
Councilwoman Jenkins had been requesting extra security for over two years, citing threats from white nationalists. “My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” she wrote in an email to Fox9.
Councilmember Cunningham said, “I don’t feel comfortable publicly discussing the death threats against me or the level of security I currently have protecting me from those threats.”
The addition of private security seems out of the blue considering “a spokesperson for Minneapolis Police told FOX 9 the department does not have any recent police reports of threats against city council members.”