Minnesota Attorney General and former Congressman Keith Ellison spoke in favour of defunding police, using the example of rape as a reason why.
During an interview with PBS' Yamiche Alcindor, Ellison said that he does not believe women should contact the police after a sexual assault.
He said "If you're a woman who has been the victim of a sexual assault, and the assailant has ran away, wouldn't you rather talk to somebody who is trained in helping you deal with it, what you're dealing with as opposed to somebody whose main training is that they know how to use a fire arm. Right?"
Ellison's reasoning is that the assailant is gone, so the main problem for the woman who has been raped is to figure out how to deal with it, not to apprehend the rapist. Sexual assault victims, he believes, should instead get in contact with "someone who is trained in helping you."
Where rape is concerned, Ellison does not advocate for use of justice, but instead for some kind of mental health approach to deal with the rape victim. But back in May, Ellison was interested in bringing the law to bear on restaurants intent on keeping their businesses operational.
In May, Ellison filed suit against Kris Schiffler who owns Shady's restaurant as well as operating restaurants in other Stearns County, Minnesota locations. The attorney general's office referred to this area as "a COVID-19 hot spot," according to the Star Tribune.
Ellison is in favour of using law to shutter businesses, but not to apprehend rapists.
Ellison openly supports Antifa—a far-left organization that has wreaked havoc across the country, using the death of George Floyd as an excuse for chaos and mayhem. President Trump announced his intention to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Ellison is in favour of lawlessness for women who are victims of violent crime, but not for restaurants that want to stay operational.