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Minneapolis City Council Members Vote To Defund The Police And Hire Private Bodyguards For Themselves

Jeff Katz
June 30, 2020 - 12:46 pm

Members of the Minneapolis City Council who voted to defund the city's police department are now costing taxpayers $4,500 per day to pay for their own private security due to threats they have received following the death of George Floyd. 

Minneapolis' Fox 9 reports that councilmembers Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9) have cost the city $63,000 in the past three weeks with their use of private security details - provided by firms Aegis and BelCom. The three have been "outspoken proponents" of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department. 

Jenkins claims she has been asking for private security since she was sworn in and that current threats are coming from "white nationalists." 

Fox 9 also says that traditionally, Minneapolis mayors are provided security from a Minneapolis police officer, but council members are not given that same protection.

When asking why the MPD is not providing security for the three council members, the outlet was told by a city spokesperson that police resources are needed in the community, and that the cost of private security is similar to that of a police officer.

So it would seem that all that police money that was supposed to be "invested in the community" is instead being used to protect the all-important city council members who wanted law enforcement defunded.

A Minneapolis Police spokesperson also said that the department has no recent police reports on threats against any members of the city council, but added that it is possible a report could have been filed confidentially.