Just two months after the Minneapolis City Council moved to eliminate the police department, they held an emergency meeting to discuss the surge in crime, according to the New York Post.
According to reports, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was pressed about the uptick in crime, including daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council Member Jamal Osman, 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.”
“This is not new,” Bender said. “But it is very concerning in the current context.”
“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.”
According to the Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data, there has been a spike in assaults, robberies, and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
Reportedly, more people have died in the first nine months of 2020 than the complete total of those slain in 2019.
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Arradondo said about 100 officers have left the department or have taken a leave of absence since the start of the year, which is more than double the typical number of officers who either step down from the department or are inactive that year, MPR reported.
Floyd’s death, which was captured in a widely circulated bystander video, sparked protests — sometimes violent — that spread across the country. The officers were fired the day after Floyd’s death. One officer, Derek Chauvin, is charged with second-degree murder, while the three other officers who were present have been charged with aiding and abetting.