Ilhan Omar, a political newcomer who made waves as the Democratic candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s First District, spoke out on Sunday against “arrogant” and “faulty” public safety policies that have increased the cost of living in her city.
“If you have a dysfunctional police department you don’t have a non-violent crime problem in Minneapolis. If you have an inefficient police department you don’t have a violent crime problem in Minneapolis,” Ms. Omar told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Sunday.
The CNN host and his guests were discussing a recent federal appeals court ruling that Minneapolis must reconsider its policy of issuing “stops and frisks” on the basis of “reasonable suspicion.” The policy was enacted by the city in 2013 and made use of electronic bracelets as a tool to search for non-violent suspects. According to supporters of the stop-and-frisk policy, it has significantly reduced violent crime in the city.
Ms. Omar, however, blamed the costs associated with enforcing the policy for her concerns, and attributed much of the city’s violent crime to police corruption.
“What we see in Minneapolis is not what we see in Portland,” she said, referring to another city that practices stop-and-frisk, “We see it here: self-righteousness, dishonesty, corruption. … Criminals are not using technology. … You will always have the violent criminals and even some of those civilian criminals. You will never, ever find the victims out there.”
CNN host Chris Cuomo asked Ms. Omar to identify which police officers are corrupt.
“You mentioned corrupt or untrustworthy — who’s more corrupt? Police?” Ms. Omar responded. “Because they are the ones who are taking your money. There is corrupt corruption, but we also need to look at the people of Minneapolis who are paid to work in the force, who should not be getting paid, that need to find a way to not be stealing from the city of Minneapolis.”