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Minneapolis Asking ‘Where Are the Police?’ After Defunding the Police

By Melanie Arter | September 17, 2020 | 11:52am EDT
Law enforcement officers wait outside the Hennepin County Family Justice Center on September 11, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
Law enforcement officers wait outside the Hennepin County Family Justice Center on September 11, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Just two months after voting to defund the police in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the city council is asking why there is an increase in crime and a lack of police response.

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” Council member Jamal Osman said during a city council meeting on police reform. “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.”

According to Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, 100 police officers have taken a leave of absence or left the Minneapolis police department since January. That’s double the number of officers who typically leave the department, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

MPR reported an increase in violent crimes like assault, robbery, and homicides compared to last year, according to MPD crime data. Property crimes have also increased, and arson is up 55 percent.

City Council President Lisa Bender, a leading advocate for overhauling the police department, suggested police officers were being defiant. She said it was “not new, but it is very concerning in the current context.”

Bender’s constituents say officers on the street have admitted that they’re purposely not arresting people who are committing crimes.

Arradondo said he would address her concerns with department supervisors.

“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.”

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