Hope lies wounded and bleeding in Minneapolis, where a massive spike in homicides is accompanied by a political desire to defund the police.
Meanwhile, more than 100 officers have left the police force this year alone.
“If you want to talk about pandemics, we’re dealing with a pandemic of violence,” Cathy Spann, a community activist with the Jordan Area Community Council, told The Washington Post.
“We’re under siege. You wake up and go to bed in fear, because you don’t know what’s going to happen next,” she added. “And our city has failed to protect us.”
In the aftermath of the riots that devastated parts of the city following the May 25 death of George Floyd, the city council said in June it wanted to defund and dismantle the city’s police department.
The city could let voters make that call as soon as 2021.
In the meantime, violence prowls