By: Diane Benjamin
Jenn Carrillo showed at the Bloomington Council meeting last night what a Council with her buddies on it would look like.
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Side note: MANY people emailed and texted me last night wondering if Mayor Renner was drunk. Mayor? Watch the video yourself to see. Hit play to hear Jenn’s diatribe and watch Tari.
Jenn wondered why no discussions have taken place about defunding the police. Her buddies love to follow whatever the trend is (Welcoming City, Indigenous People’s Day, Juneteenth). Most citizens know the police is the only thing standing between them and anarchy in their neighborhood. Defunding the police is just the latest fad for socialists, Minneapolis found it didn’t go well. Do some research Jenn. Other cities have greatly elevated crime rates because of cuts to police budgets.
The consensus of the Council was 1) the budget is close to done. It is too late for major changes. 2) Public Safety takes precedence over Jenn’s dreams. 3) Mboka mentioned the police handled over 55,000 calls, a month and a half doesn’t provide enough time to discuss major changes in Bloomington. What happened in other places doesn’t necessarily conflate. 4) Tari woke up enough to state some facts at 1:45:00 and say he would veto a budget that made cuts. (He couldn’t keep the aldermen’s turns straight before or after however).
Mollie Ward and Julie Emig want to have a conversation at some point. Sorry Ward 7, you have no good choices. (Ward or Cumpston)
Joni Painter stated her Ward has seen 6 murders in the last several years including one last weekend. She said minorities want more policing, not less. They do want respect however. Jenn’s buddy Patrick Lawler thinks he can win her seat, she isn’t running again.
Donna Boelen stated she had conversations with the last police chief and the interim chief. The Police Department is currently short staffed according to the population. She said there aren’t officers to cut.
The police budget is currently 12% of the total. They are an essential service citizens expect to pay for. If Jenn’s buddies are elected you can forget about calling 911. Nobody will be answering.
Kim Bray 1:57:30. Carrillo tried to stop Bray from speaking. Kim was stating the role of aldermen and inappropriate comments by Carrillo. Tari then cut Bray off. I hope the next mayor doesn’t believe discussions have a set amount of time, before Tari they didn’t.
Jeff Crabill was MIA, Ward 8 wasn’t represented last night.