After voting to replace its police force with a community-led model following nationwide protests against police brutality, three members of the Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council have opted to use taxpayer funds to hire private security after claiming death threats from white supremacists.
Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham, and Alondra Cano, each of which have been outspoken proponents of diverting massive chunks of the police budget to social programs, are costing city taxpayers $4,500 per day in private security fees, KMSP-TV reported.
A city spokesperson told the outlet that the three-week running total has surpassed $63,000.
“My concern is the large number of white nationalists in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” Jenkins told KMSP.
The outlet also reported that a city spokesperson said the private security details “are intended to be a temporary bridge until other security measures can be implemented by council members.”
“I don’t feel comfortable publicly discussing the death threats against me or the level of security I currently have protecting me from those threats,” Cunningham wrote in a text message when asked for comment by Fox 9.
The security services are being provided by Aegis and BelCom.
The city spokesperson also explained the MPD’s resources are needed elsewhere in the community at this time and that the hourly cost of private security is similar to the cost for a police officer.
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