Defund your attitude on cops

Writer criticizes the "defund the police" movement in Minnesota.

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On July 27th of 2021 my dad committed suicide as a result of depression. He was a longtime resident of Willmar, Minnesota.

The morning of, we received a call from the Willmar Police Department stating that we needed to come to Willmar as soon as possible so they could ask a few questions and explain what had happened.

I would like to express a sincere thank you to the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department.

Upon arrival, I was treated with kindness, compassion and respect. The peace officers involved were thorough in their explanation of what had happened and had kept in communication with us as the details of the day’s event unfolded.

The officers involved were professional and treated my family with dignity during this type of death situation. I am grateful for their service that day, and I am grateful for the things they have to do every day to keep the community safe.


The following week, after the funeral had taken place, I was at home doing a few things in the house, and I just happened to look out the window and saw a police car at our driveway. My heart sank thinking about the possibilities of what may have happened.

Upon further look, what I discovered was that a local Renville cop had stopped to join in on a game of hoops with my boys as they played in the driveway. To them, it meant the world. They still reminisce about it today.

Back in the late 90’s, I attended and graduated from Ridgewater College. Let’s just say my behavior was not something to make an example of. I had a few negative encounters with the local police back in the day.

All of which were a direct result of my own actions. I earned every single ticket, lecture, scolding, probation, etc. as a result of my own bad choices at that time.

I learned my lesson and moved on. I never once blamed the police for my punishment because I was taught accountability and taking responsibility for your own actions.

You earn what you get. You reap what you sow. If I speed, I anticipate a ticket. That is called accountability. If I carry a concealed weapon illegally, I understand there is a real possibility I will be shot. That is accountability.

I find the “defund the police” movement a little hypocritical. I think that the folks screaming for this type of reform is nothing but a me-plea, asking authorities to look the other way for those that are shooting themselves in their own foot as a result of their own bad day-to-day choices.

Instead of defunding the police, people need to defund their attitudes! Step up and be accountable for your own actions.


For those of you out there looking for this type of resolve, beware it gets harder. Someday you will have to stand in front of the Lord and defend those earthly choices.

With that said, I would like to express a sincere thank you to all the local Police and Sheriff’s Departments in the Renville, Danube and Willmar areas that go out every day and night to protect our communities.

I am sincerely grateful for your services. God Bless!

Ben Ryan is a resident of Renville, Minnesota.

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