Minneapolis Police Tells Residents to Obey Criminals: 'Do as They Say'
Department gives advice on how to cope with cop-free crime wave
The Minneapolis Police Department is advising residents of the city’s embattled 3rd Precinct to prepare to obey criminals for their own safety, telling them to "do as they say."
The Department is offering crime “prevention tips” to residents, urging them to surrender to potential thieves, according to a July 28 email provided to Alpha News MN.
The advice comes amid the skyrocketing cases of robbery and carjacking in the city as Minneapolis council officials prepare to cull the police force.
"Robberies and Carjacking’s [sic] have increased in our Precinct,” the email starts.
"Cell phones, purses, and vehicles are being targeted.
"Some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and some threatened with a gun."
"Most of these crimes have occurred north of 42nd St. E," the email continues.
"100 Robberies and 20 Carjackings have been reported to 3rd Precinct Police in July alone.
"Downtown and Southwest Minneapolis have seen an increase as well.
"We want those who live and work here to be safe!”
The email lists several tips that citizens can use to supposedly protect themselves.
The advice includes letting criminals get what they want:
- Do not walk alone
- Be hyper-aware of your surroundings at all times – pay attention!
- Carry only items you need, and carry less cash
- Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet
- Have keys already in your hand as you approach your car
- Despite all our efforts, robberies may still occur! Do not argue or fight with the criminal. Do as they say. Your safety is most important!
- Be a good witness. When you call 911, be prepared to answer many questions. How many suspects? Age, height, complexion, hair and eye color? Scars or tattoos? Weapon – what did it look like? What direction did they leave in? Vehicle description?
The email also lists suggestions for avoiding a carjacking, such as "never leave anything of value in your car,” and “never leave your car running unattended," since many whose cars have been stolen were dropping off food or other deliveries.
Other cities have reported dramatic increases in crime, including shootings and murders, since the Black Lives Matter protests and riots erupted.
One Minneapolis resident who refused to give in without a fight was 99-year-old Evelyn Johnson.
Ms. Johnson fought with an intruder, saying: "He thought he was just going to cover my mouth and smother me, but that didn’t happen. I fought him.
"We wrestled for quite a while, according to all my bruises,” she told KSTP.
The move was passed, despite the dismay of local leaders in the black community, who spoke out against the plan in July.
The local Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that local black leaders had called the plan to abolish or defund the police “Egregious, grotesque, absurd, crazy, ridiculous.”
On May 28, Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey evacuated the 3rd Police Precinct after rioters torched it and destroyed other businesses before the National Guard arrived.
President Donald Trump blamed the chaos in Minneapolis at the time on “a total lack of leadership.”
The president accused the rioters of being thugs who “are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd[.]”
....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Twitter censored the tweet for allegedly violating "the Twitter rules about glorifying violence."