Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said he thought women would rather have a social worker respond to a 911 call about getting raped than a law enforcement officer who could investigate the crime (video below).
Ellison made the remarks while he was participating in a Zoom call with U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-California) and PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor on July 17.
“If you’re a woman who’s been a 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 what you’re dealing with as opposed to somebody whose main training is that they know how to use a firearm, right?” Ellison asked both women on the call.
“The rapist is gone,” the Minnesota AG continued in the video when neither woman said a word. “The police can’t handcuff him on the spot. So the State of Minnesota is going to send you a counselor.”
Then he went on to admit that doing so would probably prevent the perpetrator from being caught, prosecuted, or convicted because evidence would be lost, the video showed.
“Sure, we’ll lose time in gathering evidence of the crime,” Ellison admitted. “There will be delays in terms of getting information that might help identify the perpetrator. Evidence that could solve the crime might be inadvertently destroyed at the crime scene without realizing its significance.”
He also admitted that delaying a law enforcement response to the scene could result in the perpetrator raping more women.
“All of these ‘complications’ might result in rendering a solved crime not capable of being proven in court,” Ellison admitted in the video. “Will other women needlessly be victims because of this change in emphasis? Possibly. But at least the first responder to arrive after you’ve been victimized will be with someone who can do more than shoot ‘expert’ on the range.”
During the first part of Ellison’s tirade, the congresswoman from California was looking down and shaking her head, the video showed.
Alcindor tried to keep watching but her eyes betrayed her.
The video showed her struggling to keep her face expressionless as Ellison made the bizarre statements about what a female rape victim would prefer.
Ellison, a former member of Congress and former deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, had a nasty race in 2018 after allegations of domestic violence were released to the public, according to Politico.
Karen Monahan, Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, accused him of physical and emotional abuse just a few days ahead of the primary vote.
Minnesota’s Democratic lawmakers were all strongly criticized for not denouncing the AG candidate in light of their statements during the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Politico reported.
The race was nasty and Ellison ultimately won, but Minnesota Democratic political strategist Jeff Blodgett said it wouldn’t have even been a contest if Monahan hadn’t made her allegations.
Watch the AG explain how rape victims want to be handled in the video below: