Minneapolis, Which Voted to Abolish Police, Seeks Cops from Other Cities as Crime Surges

Minneapolis Police and the city's council members have clashed over a debate on whether to bring in additional law enforcement from outside departments to help deal with crime in the city.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the department is struggling as violent crime in the city has increased 20 percent compared to last year and around 40 percent from two years ago, reported KSTP.

City leaders clashed over the proposals to bring in the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Metro Transit, a move which would cost around $500,000, during a council meeting on Tuesday.

"Resources are hemorrhaging. Our city is bleeding at this moment. I'm trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding," Arradondo said.

City Council member Steve Fletcher questioned how an additional $500,000 would make a difference when the police had already received $185 million in funding during this year's budget.

"So, we're going to take a thing that has not been working very well and has not been addressing carjackings, has not been addressing the rise in violent crime... and say if we just do five percent more of it, that will get us to a better place. I'm struggling to get my head around why that is a good idea," Fletcher said, via the Star-Tribune.

"We can go back and forth on the $185 million but that is not stopping the bloodshed that is occurring every day in our city," the chief added.

Council Member Jeremiah Ellison dismissed suggestions that those who reject the plan for bringing in additional patrols do not care about the rise in violence in the city.

"What I'm hearing is that we don't have to put together a strategy. We don't have to put together a plan. We don't need to provide any budget transparency. 'Shut up and pay us,' " Ellison said.

The Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the city's police department and divert its funding to other social service areas in the wake of George Floyd's death in May.

The move was done as part of plans to reevaluate the city's "toxic relationship" with the police and to "re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe."

Around five months later, the plans have not come into fruition, with residents blaming the lack of action and scant details on what a potential restructure of the police would look like on the rise of gun crime in the city.

The Minneapolis Police Department is also low-staffed as officers have taken leave of absence citing they are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of covering the protests which erupted following Floyd's death.

According to the Star-Tribune, the MPD currently has around 120 officers currently on leave.

The full city council will vote on the proposals for additional officers on Friday.

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Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Art Knight speaks with people gathered near a crime scene on June 16, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. City leaders have clashed during a debate on bringing in reinforcements to help Minneapolis police deal with an increase in violent crime. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/Getty