Minneapolis Democrats ‘Alarmed’ by Soaring Crime After Defunding the Police
Dems accuses police of deliberately refusing to enforce laws or making arrests.
Just two months after Democratic Minneapolis City Council members moved to defund the police, they are now voicing concerns about soaring crime rates in their city.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was pressed about the surging crimes which included:
- Daylight carjackings
- Steet racing
Council Member Jamal Osman said, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” noting that constituents’ calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered.
“That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD.
"They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen."
Council President Lisa Bender also accused police of deliberately refusing to enforce laws or making arrests.
“This is not new,” Bender said.
“But it is very concerning in the current context.”
Arradondo said the Council President's comments were “troubling to hear” before vowing to address the issue with departmental supervisors.
“We need to make sure that our communities know that we are going to be there, that we’re going to be responsive,” he said.
“We’ve taken an oath to do that.”
There has been a surge in assaults, robberies, and homicides, according to The Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data.
Additionally, more people have been killed in the city in 2020 than those in all of 2019.
Arradondo said 100 officers had left the department, more than double the typical number of officers who are inactive or step down from the department that year, according to MPR.
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In June, Officials in Minneapolis, Minnesota, vowed that the city would “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and “replace” the law enforcement agency.
Minneapolis City Council will vote on a measure on June 5 to make significant changes to the (MPD) in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
At the end of June, a child was sexually assaulted in the homeless encampment at Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, where neighbors have boycotted law enforcement and vowed not to report crimes to police in the wake of George Floyd protests.