Minnesota council that voted to defund police after Black Lives Matter protests sees huge spike in crime

MINNEAPOLIS is seeing a huge spike in crime after the city’s council voted to dismantle the police force following the riots that followed George Floyd’s death in May.

Members of the city council vented at a meeting on Tuesday about the uptick in crime, which KMSP-TV reports is at a five-year high.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at the meeting earlier this week that criminals in the Minnesota city feel “emboldened.”

“If we just stayed status quo right now, we will end this year with numbers that are absolutely unconscionable,” Arradondo said.

Council Member Phillipe Cunningham said: "What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is that colleagues who a very short time ago were calling for abolition are now suggesting we should be putting more funding and resources into MPD.

"We know this is not producing different outcomes,” Cunningham said.

On Monday, Andre Conley, 17, was killed and another man was hurt when they were shot at an intersection in north Minneapolis.

While the teen was part of a Republican candidate’s campaign outreach team was killed, cops have said they don’t think his death was politically motivated.

As of September in Minneapolis alone, the city has seen 55 murders; in all of 2019, the city saw 48 homicides.

According to KMSP, Arradondo said that roughly 100 cops have left the Minneapolis Police Department in 2020.


The number, usually around 40 to 45, is expected to rise, per the outlet, which has reported a number of cops have filed disability claims from the riots that followed Floyd’s death.

In June, it was reported that cops were resigning from the force because they were unhappy with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's choice to abandon the Third Precinct during the riots.

It was around this time that the city council unanimously voted to disband the police department and replace it with a community-led public safety model.

“It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” Lisa Bender, the council president, said in June.


Bender went on to say she and the eight other council members that joined the rally are committed to ending the city’s relationship with the police force.

She vowed to “end policing as we know it and recreate systems that actually keep us safe.”

The council president added: “We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police."

“Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.”

The city council was set to begin a year-long process of engaging “with every willing community member in Minneapolis” to try to create a new public safety model.

But that process has since stalled.

Frey opposed disbanding the police department.

In August, eight Minneapolis residents sued the city and Frey for the vote to defund the police force, saying that their words sparked the uptick in crime.

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