Chandan Khanna / AFP via Getty ImagesA protester reacts standing in front of a burning building set on fire during a riot in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 29, 2020. (Chandan Khanna / AFP via Getty Images)
For the past several months, the Minneapolis City Council has been working to defund and even abolish the city’s police department
After a recent surge in violent crime, some council members appear to have realized they need the police force.
During a two-hour city council meeting on police reform Tuesday, council members relayed their worries to Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo.
Among the council members’ primary concerns was the fact that many of their constituents are seeing dangerous crimes — like carjackings, street racing, robberies, assaults and shootings — become more prevalent.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” asked newly elected council member Jamal Osman, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.