There are some serious problems with the Minneapolis Police Department. The untimely death of George Floyd was really just one in a series of incidents in which police officers horribly overreacted and ordinary citizens paid the price. From an outsider’s perspective, it appears clear that the Minneapolis Police Department needs some attention.
Yet since George Floyd’s death, many have been attacking law enforcement in general. They’ve also demanded the Minneapolis Police Department be completely defunded. That isn’t exactly helping the problem.
Then again, neither is this (from RedState):
Now with crime spiraling out of control, the Minneapolis Police has issued advice to residents on how to deal when facing a robbery or a carjacking.
The Daily Caller’s Kyle Hooten tweeted a copy of their advice.
Here’s the not cropped, unmarked version of that message pic.twitter.com/Dpf1nqRknc
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) August 1, 2020
The letter includes the information that in addition to the increased robberies and carjackings, that some robbery victims have been “maced, dragged, assaulted” or threatened with a gun.
So they counsel to “be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet” and “do as they [the criminals] say.” What’s odd about that is that it’s under “robbery prevention.” Doesn’t sound much like “prevention.”
Now, don’t misunderstand me. If you’re unarmed, much of this is actually good advice. Even if you are armed, it may still make more tactical sense to just give up your wallet or cell phone.
But it ain’t “prevention” by any stretch of the imagination.
Robbery prevention tips might well have been things like being alert as you walk around. Criminals tend to prefer people who are looking at the ground or won’t meet them in the eye. They like their victims passive. That might have been a good tip to include.
Instead, the Minneapolis PD’s version of “prevention” is to just roll over and let the criminals who are already running rampant over the city win.
My own advice? Do this if you have to, but you also need to get a firearm because sometimes, that might not be enough. Be prepared to defend yourself and others. Train with that firearm so you know how to use it correctly and efficiently. Learn when to use it and when not to. Then follow through should that time come when you’ll need to use all that learning.
The truth of the matter is that while there are times when compliance actually does make the most sense, it doesn’t always. Further, compliance doesn’t dissuade criminals from finding another line of work. People who are going to steal from others typically aren’t all that worked up about the look of fear in someone else’s eyes. Hell, they may well get off on it.
No one gets off on staring down the barrel of a firearm when they thought they were the ones with the power, though. That’s the wakeup call that many of these criminals need.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, will work as a robbery prevention tip. It won’t just prevent you from being robbed, but it may prevent legions of others from being robbed…or worse, if we’re completely honest.
Unfortunately, the Minneapolis Police Department isn’t about to acknowledge that fact.