After the city of Minneapolis voted to defund their police earlier this year in response to all of the George Floyd riots, things didn’t work out particularly well. Crime was steadily rising while residents grew increasingly frightened, angry and vocal about conditions out on the streets. Now, after more than 500 shootings and 70 murders, it appears that the message was finally starting to sink in. We learned earlier this week that the City Council was planning a vote for Friday where they would decide on a possible infusion of $500,000 to bring in outside law enforcement officers to bolster the ranks of the city police.
Yesterday, a closely divided council narrowly voted to approve the funds and the extra officers. What’s truly remarkable here is that even with things going to hell in a handbasket on the streets of Minneapolis, they still almost failed to approve a measure like this. On top of that, as soon as the measure passed, they found out that it may not be possible to implement it anyway.
Minneapolis officials plan to bring in outside law enforcement officers to help amid a shortage — but the new teams might not form in the way initially expected.
A divided City Council on Friday approved nearly $500,000 to contract with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit police for extra officers. Together, they would work on joint enforcement teams responding to 911 calls or targeting hot spots for violence around the city…
It’s been a tumultuous year for the Minneapolis Police Department, with some people pushing to abolish it after George Floyd’s death and others asking for more officers amid a wave of violent crime and a staffing shortage. About 500 people have been wounded by gunfire this year, and more than 70 have been killed.