Re-Fund The Police: Minneapolis City Council Committee Asks For $5 Million For Police To Offset Funding Cuts

Re-Fund The Police: Minneapolis City Council Committee Asks For $5 Million For Police To Offset Funding Cuts


A Minneapolis City Council committee is recommending that the city of Minneapolis release $5 million in overtime funds for the Minneapolis Police Department in order to offset cuts made to law enforcement last year, as the city sinks deeper into a violent crime wave.

“Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told council members the money would help cover a small percentage of the overtime shifts needed amid an officer shortage and costs associated with the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday.

Minneapolis city government cut the Minneapolis Police Department budget by several million last year but, according to local media, put aside a “rainy day” fund of $5 million in case of unanticipated costs associated with policing the city of Minneapolis.

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The city is now facing twin crises: officers are leaving the department in droves, making staff issues “worse than anticipated” per MPR News, and violent crime is spiking in the city.

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