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In what used to be a tranquil midwestern city, large portions of Minneapolis were transformed into war zones after 46-year-old career criminal Floyd perished after resisting arrest, the flashpoint for months of racial violence condoned by the media, and politicians, professional sports leagues, and nearly every business.
Two years later, Minneapolis’s police department maintains a 3-year average dashboard and reports that most categories of violent crime are way up in 2022.
Violent crime rates have been rising in the last couple of years in more than a dozen suburbs, according to a Star Tribune analysis of five years of crime data from 50 of the largest Twin Cities suburbs.
A total of 51 homicides were recorded in those suburban communities in 2021, more than double the 22 recorded in 2019. But most of the increase occurred in the north metro suburbs.
Similarly, the total number of robberies in 2021 rose 20% from a pre-pandemic average. But nearly two-thirds of that increase occurred in six neighboring cities: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Crystal and Columbia Heights.
In this shocking video, toddlers act out against cops because they are searching for a murder suspect. Two years ago, the Twin Cities was at the epicenter of riots after video of George Floyd’s fatal encounter with police went viral and prompted widespread violence.
St. Paul police officers were greeted by several half-naked children who “punched, kicked, cursed, and threw rocks at them” according to a video posted online by a local media outlet about how kids are taught to disrespect the police from an early age, often leading to criminal careers.
The Alpha News website, which describes itself as “a team of independent journalists seeking out and reporting stories that the citizens of Minnesota deserve to know, the same news that the mainstream media all too often refuses to report and routinely disregards,” put up a 32-second video clip on its YouTube channel that has attracted attention.
As an off-camera voice encourages them and refers to the black officer as a “deep-fried Oreo head”, the two officers are seen with the children who are so young that some are still in diapers, berate them with profanity, and one toddler takes a swing at one of the cops while spewing profanity including “f**k off.” in a scene that could be the start of a potential criminal spree.
“What’s the product of grooming children to disrespect police officers and other forms of authority? We are essentially training them to disregard societal norms of behavior and hindering them from achieving success in life. In short, we’re cultivating future criminals,” argues Sheila Qualls for Alpha News.
“Add 10 years to the age of these children and their behavior would be deemed delinquent. Add 20 years to their age, and their faces might end up as pictures on T-shirts after a violent encounter with the law,” she continues.
In a similar vein, Qualls compares the toddlers in question to the criminals who terrorized Minneapolis in 2020, “The behavior of these children is eerily similar to the behaviors of rioters who burned and looted Minneapolis two years ago.”
“These children are the result of a social experiment gone bad. They are casualties of the War on Poverty introduced by the progressive left under President Johnson in the 1960s. Since that time, the black community and society as a whole have been suffering the consequences,” Qualls penned in Alpha News. “When children like these are eventually arrested or even killed because they have never learned to respect authority, progressives and the media use their deaths as an opportunity to advance the faulty narrative of inherent racism in America.”
“While the left constantly bemoans systemic racism, the evidence suggests something different. It does not point to racism. It does not point to white privilege. And it certainly does not point to police brutality. It points to the problem in the black community that no one ever talks about: the high percentage of fatherless homes,” she further explained. “Point to the obvious, and you’re ridiculed. If you’re white, you’re called racist; if you’re black, a sellout.”
Officials in Minnesota and across the country are struggling to better understand the reasons for the surge in violent crimes in major cities, which are logging historic or near-record numbers of homicides and gun violence. Some researchers blame the aftermath of the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. Others cite the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 as a public safety turning point, following decades of declining crime rates nationwide.
The average rates of violent crime in some metro area communities – especially those north of Minneapolis – have been rising noticeably in the past three years in comparison with those before 2018’s historic lows.
In Minnesota, many law enforcement agencies have switched to a new federally backed system for reporting violent crimes last year, making it difficult to measure changes. But we know that it is Democrat policies driving crime and unlawfulness.