There has been a rise in reports of violent crimes in Minneapolis in the months following a City Council vote to put a charter amendment abolishing the city’s police department on the November ballot.
During a meeting Tuesday, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo about constituents’ concerns about car crashes, carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings that have been happening in broad daylight.
“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” council member Jamal Osman said.
“That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen,” the Democrat said.
The number of people who have been killed in Minneapolis in the first nine months of 2020 is higher than those who were killed in all of 2019, according to Minneapolis Police Department crime data reported by MPR News.