Minneapolis to Spend $6.4-Million to Hire More Police after Trying to Abolish Police

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The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a request for $6.4-million to hire law enforcement officers just months after voting to strip millions from the police budget following the death of George Floyd. Since then, the size of the police force declined significantly, and there has been a surge in crime, with a 250% increase in gunshot wounds, 22% increase in rape, and 59% increase in robbery. Now the Council wants to hire. -GEG

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a request for $6.4 million to hire new law enforcement officers just months after voting to strip millions from the police budget.

Dozens of law enforcement officers will be hired in the coming months to accommodate for a shortage of nearly 200 cops this year.

Violent crime, including shootings and homicides, has surged since the Minneapolis City Council announced plans to “dismantle” the police department in the wake of ‘George Floyd’ riots that rocked the city last May.

The police department says it began the year with a total of 817 officers – 60 fewer than 2020 – but just 638 are available to work due to resignations, retirements, and extended leaves.

“An unprecedented number of officers quit or went on an extended medical leave — many for PTSD claims — after Floyd’s death, rioting that led to the burning of a police precinct, and calls to end the city’s Police Department,” the Star Tribune reports.

The council reportedly approved the funding request “without any discussion” during a meeting on Friday.

In October, residents of Minneapolis filed a lawsuit against the city alleging police patrols had fallen below required minimums – a claim which officials denied.

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Phillip Mezzapelle
Phillip Mezzapelle
18 days ago

Hey, this must mean the Democrats are in power!! 😜

Kathy krol
Kathy krol
17 days ago

I hope they can find enough people to hire because they need it, but they come off as a horrible place to work. With the city council acting like they hate the police its probably going to be difficult. God bless and new ones they hire.