Probe launched into ‘de-fund police’ Dem senate candidate’s exorbitant personal security costs

The Wisconsin Joint Legislative Audit Committee wants to know why a radical promoter of police department deconstruction hogs all to himself an average of 13.5 hours per day of personal protection from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Wisconsin Lt. Governor and Senate candidate Mandela Barnes has joined the swelling ranks of exposed “safety and security for me, but not for thee,” members of his Democratic Party. Barnes has reportedly stated that police do not prevent crime. It appears, though, that he believes there are certain exceptions to that rule.

The cost of his security demands is $660 per day, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This includes weekdays, weekends, and holidays and is more than ten times that of his predecessor in office.

In a letter dated September 15, State Patrol Superintendent Tim Carnahan was asked by Sen. Robert Cowles (R), co-chairman of the audit committee, and Rep. John Macco (R), committee vice chair, to provide the security costs for both Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers (D) from July 1, 2021, to August 31. Carnahan has to meet an October 6 deadline in his response to the committee.

Barnes has called for defunding “over-bloated” police departments, according to a video shared by the Republican National Committee research unit.

Barnes said in 2020, that infamous year of Antifa/BLM terror, that police departments should not be completely eliminated or defunded, but “we need to invest more into neighborhood services.” These services, of course, would be funded by defunding the police.

According to a report by the MacIver Institute, Wisconsinites are experiencing a horrible wave of murder and violent mayhem. Meanwhile, Barnes lives in a safe little taxpayer-provided bubble. Murders increased 62 percent, while violent crime rose 8.85 percent from 2019 to 2020. The Wisconsin Department of Justice reported that in 2021, there were 57,000 theft offenses, over 29,000 assault offenses, 18,000 motor vehicle theft offenses, more than 13,000 of aggravated assault, 10,000 of burglary, 2,300 of rape, and 70 human trafficking offenses.

In 2018, while Barnes was campaigning for Wisconsin Lt. Governor, he was asked for his thoughts about reducing the prison population.

“Absolutely! That’s something that happens over time. That’s not something that happens overnight. If you stop sending people back to prison, we can reduce our recidivism rate if we drop the way, you know, sentence nonviolent offenders. Over time, the prison population will be half of what it is.”

This may sound rather reasonable on the campaign trail to get elected, but of course, in practice, Barnes has deployed scorched-earth tactics against the citizens he now serves. As Lt. Governor he released at least 884 convicted criminals back to the streets on parole, according to Wisconsin Right Now. This includes 270 murderers and attempted murderers and at least 44 child rapists.

But Barnes is obviously an ambitious man and evidently can’t stand terrorizing only the 5.9 million little people within his state. He has the entire 332 million Americans in his flamethrower sights now with his run for the U.S. Senate.

In his Senate campaign, Barnes has stated that he remains firmly in support of his proposed legislation that would have ended cash bail in Wisconsin. According to the Sentinel, the bill would have barred judges from using the “nature, number and gravity” of the charges as the sole reason to hold a defendant before trial. Instead, a judge would be required to release a defendant unless there was “clear and convincing evidence” that a defendant was a flight risk or a danger to an individual or a witness.”

Barnes has also come out in favor of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.

Barnes had been the front-runner in his Senate race against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson but has reportedly recently fallen 4 points behind as his hypocrisies and destructive policies receive more attention.


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