On Monday, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender announced on CNN that “the idea of having a police-free future is very aspirational” and that she was “willing to stand” with people who want that to be “the goal.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo said, “When you say you see someday being police free, that sounds aspirational in terms of a utopian concept where nobody’s committing any crime because as long as these communities are being preyed upon, both from within and [outside], there’s going to have to be good men and women willing to step up to keep people safe.”
Bender responded, “I think the idea of having a police free future is very aspirational and I am willing to stand with community members who are asking us to think of that as the goal because so many folks in our community have seen us work on reform.”
Bender’s remarks come after President Donald Trump has ridiculed Democrats over their lack of push back on calls to defund the police.
“This year has seen the lowest crime numbers in our Country’s recorded history, and now the Radical Left Democrats want to Defund and Abandon our Police,” Trump tweeted. “Sorry, I want LAW & ORDER!”
Earlier in the day, Bender said during a separate interview on CNN that people who have their homes broken into by criminals are privileged.
Later that day, Bender again appeared on CNN where she was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.
“What happens if there is a criminal out there with a gun and starts shooting people?” Blitzer asked. “Who will respond if there’s no police force?”
“Look, it is our top priority to keep every single member of our community safe, and if you look back at the last 150 years of our police department it is becoming increasingly clear that that model of policing isn’t working. So we need to invite in our whole community,” Bender responded, “The nine members of the city council that came from every corner of our city to stand together to make this commitment, we don’t have all the answers and what we committed to was a community process to help re-imagine public safety, so yes, we still have a police department in Minneapolis today.”