Don and Sondra Samuels are fed up. The Minneapolis couple has filed a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Jacob Frey over its refusal to protect residents from the crime wave brought on by its open support for defunding and decreasing the number of police in the area.
During an interview with the Daily Mail, the couple explained their opposition to the “defund the police” initiative and its pernicious impact on the community. They brought up the fact that violent crime and shootings have skyrocketed since the city council openly embraced the idea of decreasing the number of police in the city.
The Samuels also lamented the lives of children that are being snuffed out due to the increased crime rate and said they were “pretty frightened and disturbed by the disrespect of the police and the institution of policing” after the murder of George Floyd. “We know there are problems for sure but when they burned down the Third Precinct, for us a new watermark had been reached and it was putting our safety at risk,” Don, a former city council member, said.
Sondra, the head of Northside Achievement Zone, a coalition of non-profits and schools, said that after the riots began, “the violence just started to swell – gunshots all the time, so many stories of people getting shot.”
She added: “We need to reform policing and police, but we need an ‘and/both’ approach, not an ‘either/or.’”
The Samuels recalled turning on CNN and seeing nine members of the council on a stage calling for the defunding of the police in total disregard of the wishes of the residents. “We both looked at each other and the reason our jaws hit the floor was that we absolutely foresaw that community violence would become mayhem [and rise] to a level of outlandish proportions,” Don said.
The Daily Mail noted:
The house where nine-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith was struck by a shoot-out’s stray bullet as she played with friends is a three-minute walk away on a street that abuts the Samuels’.
The corner on which six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot dead
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