Minneapolis Police Chief Begs for Outside Help as Crime Rates Explode
'Our city is bleeding at this moment. I’m trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding'
The Minneapolis Police chief has responded to the city's exploding crime by imploring the city council to administer help from outside sources.
MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo asked authorities to reinforce their falling police numbers as violent crimes ravages the city, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Arradondo said at a Tuesday meeting:
"Resources are hemorrhaging."
“Our city is bleeding at this moment. I’m trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding.”
The Star Tribune reported:
Arradondo is asking for money to bring in 20 to 40 officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police to form joint enforcement teams. The city would reimburse the agencies for their officers’ salaries and benefits.
While the details of the contracts are still being negotiated, Arradondo said he imagines the extra officers would be available to help answer 911 calls or work on special teams formed to help combat violence in hot spots.
The extra officers have the same arrest and investigatory powers as Minneapolis police. They would still be subject to their home departments’ policies, and the other agencies would likely maintain liability for them, the chief said.
But Council members like Steve Fletcher pushed back against the cries for help:
"So, we’re going to take a thing that has not been working very well and has not been addressing carjackings, has not been addressing the rise in violent crime … and say if we just do 5% more of it, that will get us to a better place."
"I’m struggling to get my head around why that is a good idea.”
“We can go back and forth on the $185 million, but that is not stopping the bloodshed that is occurring every day in our city,” Arradondo responded.
“If you choose to say no to these victims of crime, then please stand by that.”
Since the death of George Floyd, Minneapolis has seen crime explode across the city.
As Neon Nettle reported in June:
The Democrat-led Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Friday to abolish the city's police department and replace it with a "community-led public safety system."
The push to abolish the department came after the country erupted in protest over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.
As the Minneapolis vote was cast, the New York City Council pushed to slash $1billion from the NYPD’s budget.
In the same month, Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis City Council President, declared she was “willing to stand” with those who want the goal of a "police free future."