Judge Orders Minneapolis to Hire More Cops after Defunding Police Triggers Crime Wave
Officers in Minneapolis have been leaving in droves
A judge has ordered Minneapolis to hire more police officers after ruling in favor of a group that filed a lawsuit against the city council for exploding crime after defunding the police.
The eight plaintiffs connected to the conservative Upper Midwest Law Center wrote, "Minneapolis is in a crisis," citing the increase in shootings and homicides and the violent George Floyd protests.
Hennepin County District Judge Jamie L. Anderson said the city needs at least 730 police officers by June 30, 2022, or 2% of the population after the 2020 Census is published.
Officers in Minneapolis have been leaving in droves due to growing leftist-driven anti-police climate.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this month, police are finding it extremely difficult to recruit new officers as retirement from the force skyrockets in the wake of the far-left calls to defund the police and George Floyd protests.
America has seen a massive surge in crime across major cities amid calls for racial reckoning in policing, the Associated Press reported.
Chuck Wexler, the executive director for the Police Executive Research Forum, wrote:
“Fewer people are entering the profession, while more are leaving through retirements and resignations."
Police hiring slowed by 5 percent while retirements soared by 45 percent compared to the previous year, according to PERF research.
"We have made the emotional appeal," Don Samuels, one of the plaintiffs and a former City Councilmember, said, according to FOX 9.
"We have demonstrated the statistical uptick, and now this is the legal action we are exercising because it seems as if the city council cannot hear us and doesn’t feel what we feel."
Last June, the Democrat-led Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to abolish the city's police department and replace it with a "community-led public safety system."
In December, radical-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) backed the proposal to slash a staggering $8 million from the city's police department.
Omar defended the city council's proposal to defund the police by transferring $8M of funding from the MPD to other services.
"Don't fall for the fear-driven narratives," the socialist "Squad" member tweeted at the time.
"We can craft a justice system that prioritizes people’s basic needs like mental health + violence prevention, & allow the city to put public safety first."