Tony Bouza served as Minneapolis police chief from 1980 through 1989. During that period, African America, Native American, and Asian street gangs were gaining strength in the city. Several gangs moved in from Los Angeles and Chicago. Since then, Somali gangs have gained strength as well.
During the rise of gangs in the city, Chief Bouza took no real action. In fact, when asked about the growing gang issue, he denied that there even was a gang issue. He minimized and ignored the problem out of hand. In fact, he saw the issue as being an issue of white racism. As a result, the gang problem in Minneapolis (as well as St. Paul) is a major contributor to the over 40-murders-per-100,000 since the start of the century.
Bouza had baggage. For example, he called for the confiscation of handguns in the city. This foolishness cost him support for a gubernatorial race. In addition, Bouza’s wife, Erica Bouza, who was born in Great Britain, was arrested and jailed repeatedly for engaging in anti-militarism protests.
As he finally began to see the impact of the rise of gangs in the city, even Bouza had to admit that he was wrong. Unfortunately, he learned the impact of his remarkable error way too late.
Even after he admitted his mistake, I doubt seriously that either Tony or Erica Bouza actually learned the moral of the story: In the face of evil never play ostrich.
When bad events and people are on the rise, nip the problem in the bud. Do it early. Once bullies gain a foothold, it will be too late.
Unfortunately, America and Europe have been following a course similar to that of Bouza; playing ostrich regarding Islamist Fascist “gangs”.
Pastor Mulinde, an ex-Muslim who was attacked by Islamists has sent a powerful message to America that every nation needs to hear.
“Whatever you do in America influences everybody in the world. You have that grace. One thing that Islam is doing to defeat you is causing you to be cowards, fearful to stand up and speak against the invasion of Islamization which is going on in your country. Stand up now, before it is too late.” (Viral Buzz, 12/22/14).
It is time to stop playing Bozo (oops, Bouza). Otherwise, millions of us will face what Pastor Mulinde has faced.
Photo from Viral Buzz (12/22/14)