Ilhan Omar bashes judge block of vote to get rid of Minneapolis PD

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Ilhan Omar bashes judge block of vote to get rid of Minneapolis PD

Anti-police Rep. Ilhan Omar railed against a Minneapolis judge’s decision to block a local ballot measure that would have pushed for removing the city police department — replacing it with a department of public safety. 

On Tuesday, Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson blocked Question 2 on the city’s ballot for the November election that asked voters if they wanted the city’s charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety, “which could include licensed peace officers (police officers) if necessary.”

In striking down the measure, Anderson called its wording “unreasonable and misleading,” according to Fox News.

Following the decision, Omar (D-Minn.) slammed local leaders during an in-person town hall meeting, saying their actions will not go unnoticed.

“The leaders who are opposed to progress in this city are not nameless or faceless,” the Democratic congresswoman and far-left “Squad” member said. “Using your network to obstruct the kind of progress so many people in this city want and were looking forward to is not something that should go unnoticed.

Rep. Ilhan Omar.
The ballot measure supported by Rep. Ilhan Omar would have pushed for the removal the city police department, replacing it with a department of public safety. 
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“We have people pouring in so much money to make us unslaved to a charter that the majority of us [oppose],” she added, saying she was “pretty upset” the measure was not on the ballot. 

Omar’s slamming of the decision comes days after it was revealed that she and other progressive members in Congress spent thousands of dollars this year on personal security as they continue to support measures in defunding the police. 

According to FEC records, Omar spent approximately $2,800 on personal security in the second quarter. However, her spending was overshadowed by Missouri’s Cori Bush who spent nearly $70,000 of her campaign funds on personal security, in the two months between April 15 and June 28.

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
The measure had also been endorsed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (right), called the Minneapolis’ current model for law enforcement and safety “outdated.” 
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Still, she scolded, “This is the opposite of what democracy should produce. The people had a vision for what they wanted, and there’s a judge, there’s a mayor, there is a police chief, and their monied friends who are telling us we can’t have a city that is flexible to our needs and to our demands. How else are we supposed to make progress if we can’t do that?”

Omar has continuously pushed for this and other anti-cop moves, and in an Aug. 31 op-ed said it was necessary to scrap the police department in order to end police brutality, adding that the city needs a “public safety system that is actually rooted in people’s basic human needs.” 

The measure had also been endorsed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who invoked the murder of George Floyd when calling for “the possibility for reform & accountability.” Ellison also called the city’s current model for law enforcement and safety “outdated.” 

Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“The leaders who are opposed to progress in this city are not nameless or faceless,” Rep. Ilhan Omar reacted when the ballot measure was blocked.
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