Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn caused quite the commotion this week when he called for disarming the city’s police force.
“I’m not saying they don’t have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars,” said Dehn, according to Fox9 News.
Dehn, a state representative, believes that there needs to be a major overhaul in the way police officers are trained, specifically that less-lethal means of force should be prioritized.
“I think as we look at how to change policing and how we get officers to not react to use their gun in situations, but learning skills around de-escalation training I think are important,” he said.
When asked to clarify his rather stunning remarks, Dehn doubled down on his position.
People have asked me to elaborate on disarming officers: pic.twitter.com/gKaUzMFrr0
— Raymond Dehn (@raymonddehn) July 22, 2017
Dehn has not yet fleshed out his vision for how a subarmed police force would operate within a community. He said he wants to sit down with the law enforcement to discuss the approach.
Hmmm… to have a discussion with law enforcement presupposes that they’ll show up to the table. But that may not be the case. Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the city’s police union, said what any rational person is thinking. That no cop would ever approve of this policy change.
“I don’t think the people in Minneapolis are logically ready for anything like this,” said Kroll. “Who would ever do the job of policing again? It’s absolutely an absurd thought.”