Well, if you take cops off the street and tell the rest that you won’t support them, there will be consequences. If I were a citizen in a neighboring community, I would be calling my mayor/alderman and insisting that we don’t send our officers to Minneapolis to risk their lives.
Minneapolis is scrambling to draft in cops from outside the city’s force to help fight a wave of violent crime just months after it began moves to defund its police.
The city is pleading for reinforcements from the sheriff’s office and the transit authority to help respond to a surge in violent 911 calls.
It comes after dozens of officers quit the force in protest at a $1million budget cut and promises from city leaders to scrap the entire department following the death of George Floyd in May.
Since then, violent crime in the city has soared – with homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and arson all up on last year’s figures.The proposal to fund the reinforcements – which will cost almost $500,000 – is due to be voted on by the City Council before going to the mayor approval, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.[…]
At the start of the year, the Minneapolis police force employed 1,053 staff – 877 of them officers and 176 civilian staff.
That number had dropped to 987 as of last month – 844 officers and 143 civilians.
In July, the city council voted to move $1.1million from the police department’s budget and fund ‘civilian violence interrupters’ instead.
The ‘well-trained and unarmed’ staff are designed to ‘mediate violent conflicts and help prevent further trouble’.
Against that backdrop, violent crime has soared.