I’ve witnessed local state and federal governments do some things that have made me scratch my head over the past more than 40 years, but none more than the decision by the city council in Minneapolis to completely disband that city’s police department. The move came in response to protests over the death at the hands of a now-fired Minneapolis police officer of George Floyd on Memorial Day. But absent from the council legislation doing away with the city’s police department is any decision on what councilors propose to replace the police department with. It would be nice to think that as a society we don’t need laws or men and women to enforce them, but most sane people I think would agree that police protection is actually necessary to keep bad people from doing bad things. The fact that the police profession has some people who are unfit to serve working in it, makes that profession the same as any others. As a society we do need to examine how police officers are selected, how they are trained and to look seriously at the tactics they are permitted to use, But abolishing an entire police department for any reason seems like a very bad idea to me. That’s the way I see it.