Minneapolis Council Spending $500K to Recruit “Temporary Officers” Following Exodus of Police

Protesters gather around after setting fire to the entrance of a police station as demonstrations continue after a white police officer was caught on a bystander’s video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The Minneapolis City Council approved a $500k appropriation to hire new police officers from neighboring cities on Friday, with an exodus of officers from the Minneapolis Police Department creating a public safety risk. The council is seeking emergency officers to patrol the city streets until the end of the year, with many Minneapolis Police officers retiring or leaving the department.

Our city is bleeding,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told members of the council on Tuesday. “At this moment, I’m trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding.

The vote for the $500k in emergency funding was approved 7-6, with councilors such as Jeremiah Ellison arguing against giving more funding to the police even after a crime surge. Arradondo expects to make a similar request for temporary emergency funding next year, with the MPD unable to meet staffing needs.

Arradondo revealed that the Minneapolis Police currently has 735 officers, well below the budgeted goal of 888. He warned that the city would face serious risks to public safety if the MPD’s ranks declined below 500. 175 former officers have joined a class-action lawsuit seeking to retire with benefits from the agency, citing PTSD and injuries they’ve suffered on the job.

One former Minneapolis cop represented by attorney Ron Meuser Jr has described his experience with PTSD to the Greenwich Time. He recounted recording a “last message” for his wife and children when BLM rioters burned and stormed the Minneapolis PD’s Third Precinct building, believing that he would die that night and never see them again.

Murders and violent crimes have surged considerably in the months following Minneapolis’s May race riots, which occurred after the death of George Floyd. More than one hundred police officers have left MPD since the riots, with many experiencing PTSD, alienation from their community, and a loss of interest in working for Minneapolis after the city’s residents seem to have turned on them.

Homicides have increased 50% relative to 2019 in Minneapolis, with most of the additional incidents occuring after the Floyd race riots. 500 shootings have occurred, more than double than in 2019, and 4,500 violent crimes have been reported.

The MPD has struggled to offer public safety with its reduced number of personnel, and increasingly 911 calls are going unanswered in the once relatively peaceful community. City councilors have described law enforcement as “nowhere to be seen” as their constituents request assistance in response to the violent crime wave.

Minneapolis City Councilors had put forward nominally serious proposals to defund the police department following Floyd’s death, but it’s taken only months for the council to change its mind, instead scrambling to hire emergency police officers from other cities to contain a wave of violence.

The post-law enforcement future Minneapolis’ leftist Democrat government and BLM rioters envisioned appears to be grinding to a dismal and dystopian end, less than a year after it was set into motion.

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