Brannon was set to meet with a candidate for sheriff of the Minneapolis police department. 会議が失敗したとき, 彼女は車に戻り、車で家に帰ろうとしていました.
“It took my brain five seconds to register what was happening,” 彼女は言った “狐 & 友達.”
Brannon watched as one of the men pulled out a gun and shot into the air.
“I had to play it very cool because I had already made contact – eye contact – with these guys in the parking lot,” 彼女は言いました, noting that other people also witnessed the gunshots and “laughed it off.”
“This is what the most disturbing part to me was: that it was normal. Nobody was going to mess with these guys. So I pretended to eat and tried to videotape what I could.”
Brannon said she called the police, but no one ever showed up. She believes the Defund the Police movement is the reason for what’s happening in the city.
“Now I know technically we did not defund the police in Minneapolis, but I would argue that we have dismantled them,” 彼女は言いました. “Officers are demoralized.”
Minneapolis is not the only city suffering because of a lacking police presence.
Jim Rice, a restaurant owner in Portland, said on “狐 & フレンズファースト” that his business was robbed three times in a single month.
The Portland Police Department issued a statement that, due to staffing shortages, officers will only respond to high-priority calls and residents should expect delayed responses.
“Portland is now on their own,” Rice said. “They don’t have enough police staffing to be able to support all the demands that are coming at them.”
Brannon said the people of Minneapolis feel vulnerable even in the suburbs.
She said the area has changed dramatically in recent years, and the ever-increasing crime has become the new normal.
“Criminals are emboldened, and this is what we’ve been dealing with almost two years now,” 彼女は言いました.
“Just this steady crime wave on a normal day-to-day basis. It’s the routine.”