If cities want to see what happens when they abolish their police force, look no further than Minneapolis.
On Monday, the owner of Minneapolis manufacturing plant declared the company would officially leave the city after being burned down in the second night of rampant rioting that occurred following George Floyd’s death in police custody.
“They don’t care about my business,” 7-Sigma Inc. owner Kris Wyrobek told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, noting that law enforcement was nowhere to be found as fires were set ablaze near the factory. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own… The fire engine was just sitting there, but they wouldn’t do anything.”
The plant, which has been in operation since 1987 closed early in anticipation for the riots to keep employees safe, the Tribune reported, but never reopened as the factory was destroyed in the carnage that swept the city.
A manufacturing company that has been in Minneapolis since 1987 has decided to leave the city.
The company’s owner said he can’t trust public officials who allowed his plant to burn during the recent riots: “They don’t care about my business.” https://t.co/rMcZgudJCb
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) June 8, 2020
Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz characterized the city’s response to the outbreak of anarchy as an “abject failure,” having sent in the national guard at the request of its Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey after rioters had already terrorized the community.
According to the Tribune, Frey was unaware the 7-Sigma, which makes mannequins was leaving the city and conceded that the government had failed in its duty to provide public safety.
“We were on our own those first few nights. There were simply more people destroying property, more people setting fires, than any city government could respond to at once,” Frey told the paper.
One can hardly blame the burnt down company for fleeing town. On Sunday, the city council announced it had a veto-proof majority to completely dismantle its police department over calls to “defund police” that have become the new signature proposal of the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement.
When asked on CNN what the city’s message was to people concerned about rampant lawlessness, City Council President Lisa Bender told residents to check their privilege.