By: Diane Benjamin
This committee of the Whole Meeting is back to 6:00 tonight.
Topic 3 is just a brief presentation by Jamie Mathy and then a Yes or No vote on whether to have staff and Council spend time looking at the issue.
Before any decision wastes time pursuing reimagining the police, shouldn’t the police be consulted?
This is a 2020 article about a City who has been sending social workers instead of police beginning in 2016, they think it works: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/19/alexandria-kentucky-police-social-workers
This 2015 article is about a social worker killed responding to a lady upset she lost custody: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-suspect-in-death-of-vermont-social-worker-due-in-2015aug09-story.html
It contains this quote:
Another social worker was killed in Seattle in 2020: https://policetribune.com/seattle-social-worker-murdered-by-client-as-city-wants-to-replace-cops-with-social-workers/
Actually, there are quite a few: Search “social worker killed in”.
I wonder if Bloomington, like Normal, have lost so many officers they want to fill empty spots with civilians. Social Workers cost about half what a police officer does.