Police were reluctant to serve the Minneapolis community as crime skyrocketed the year after George Floyd’s death.
Police efforts have declined significantly in Minneapolis since the death of George Floyd in May 2020. According to a report by Reuters, roadside checks fell by 85% last May compared to May 2020. During this period, checks for suspicious behavior fell by 76%, while routine business checks also fell by 76%.
Although police efforts have waned since Floyd’s death, crime has skyrocketed in the city of Minnesota. Minneapolis has seen 65 murders so far in 2021. If the rate continues at the current rate, murders in the city will peak in two decades. In addition, the month of May reported 91 shootings, almost double the shootings in May in 2020. Violent crime increased in June of last year and remained widespread.
“There is not a great appetite for aggressive police work out there, and the risk / reward, certainly, we are here and we have sworn to protect and serve, but you also have to protect yourself and your family. “, according to newly retired Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher. “No one in the workplace or working at work can fault these officers for being less aggressive.”
Another officer who retired after Floyd’s death explained that “it’s about self-preservation.” The officer explained that even his supervisor did not encourage officers to come out and stop the crime. “The supervisor told me, ‘I don’t blame you at all if you don’t want to do anything. Hang out in the station. This is what they say.
In the past year, 25% of Minneapolis police officers retired or resigned. The mass exodus created a major personnel problem for the police department. Police spokesman John Edler explained that “we were on appeal and had no time for anything else.”
Mayor Jacob Frey told Reuters that “our city and our agents have to deal with a host of issues that no other jurisdiction wants to tackle with a post. Cities need police officers, and yes, there are serious consequences when the numbers are as low as ours. “
An unnamed officer claimed officers were now turning a blind eye to minor infractions and choosing to take longer routes to call 911 in the hopes that the issues would be resolved before an officer arrived. Reuters research appears to reinforce this notion, as April response times increased by 40% for 911 calls compared to April 2020.
According to law enforcement experts, proactive policing like roadside checks and suspicious behavior checks have positive and safe benefits for the community as a whole. “The evidence that proactive policing works is pretty strong, ”said University of Nebraska Omaha criminologist Justin Nix. “If the police are generally backing down and also backing down in areas where crime is concentrated, that can be bad news,” Nix said.
As proactive policing leads to gun and drug seizures during routine stops and interactions, City Councilor Steve Fletcher explained his view that proactive policing is corrosive to community relations between the police and the citizens they serve. “Having to shoot more than 400 people to capture a gun is a lot of people who feel harassed and suspicious of the police in our city.
Citizens are now suffering the consequences of a castrated police service. Mother Brandy Earthman was shocked to find 10-11 bullet holes in her house on her way home from an aunt’s birthday dinner. Her children were playing when bullets came through the door. Earthman’s 19-year-old son was shot in the arm and his three-year-old vomited from the terrifying gunshots. Earthman explained that she was making an effort to get as far away from Minneapolis as possible.
Six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot in the head while eating McDonald’s in her parents’ car and succumbed to her injury soon after. After learning of the death, a man named Marcus Smith reconsidered his anti-police rhetoric and his support for protesters. He now wears a Kevlar vest and patrols the very corner where Aniya died. Smith explained that “It is now safe to carry your firearms legally, illegally. You can do it in Minneapolis. It’s gangster heaven.
NEW: Aniya Allen, the 6-year-old girl who was shot in the head on Monday amid increased gunfire in Minneapolis, has died, her grandfather said in a social media post. https://t.co/UfKU03tG6N pic.twitter.com/Hn7wlgn1Cp
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Another young child, Ladavionne Garret Jr, 10, was napping in his family’s car when he was shot in the head in broad daylight on April 30. Garret Jr has spent the past four months in the hospital and has recently started breathing on his own. Her grandmother Sharrie Jennings remarked, “tit’s every day, there are shootings, there is drug trafficking. II was never safe from gun violence, but it was men against men, and now it’s children and women. They are our future doctors, lawyers, mayors, and they have no chance of living.
Jennings continued, “It happened at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. There were other children there. It could were much more tragic than they were. And it’s just everyday on the streets of Minnesota, on the streets of Minneapolis, and the police just walk by like everything is fine.
Voters in Minneapolis face a voting question in November that would eliminate the police department in favor of a Department of Public Safety. On September 7, Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson ruled that the wording of the ballot was “vague, ambiguous and incapable of implementation.”
City council members changed their wording just hours before printing of ballots for the November 2 vote began. Lawyers for petitioner Don Samuels, who was previously a member of city council, have raised similar concerns about the council’s new wording. Lawyers have requested an emergency hearing from Judge Anderson. “The new wording on the ballot is designed to evade court order and injunction, mislead and confuse voters, and should not be included in the November 2 general election ballot. 2021, ”the lawyers wrote.