The Minneapolis Police Department— which has seen 40 cops resign or be fired in the past two months– provided city citizens some suggestions last week on how to deal with the city’s recent surge in violent criminal offenses.
Minneapolis has been the centerpiece in the nation because May 25, following George Floyd‘s death there while in authorities custody. The city has been ravaged by protests and there was early momentum to abolish the city’s police. But since Floyd’s death, some citizens have actually suffered slower-than-usual cops reactions and– sometimes– no action at all, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
” Cops murdered a guy in our community and after that they simply all fell out and left us alone to determine on our own as far a protecting our neighborhoods,” one homeowner told the paper. “You feel separated like you remain in a war zone in some cases, but there’s nobody assisting us.”
KTSP.com reported that authorities in the city used a list to help locals navigate the increase in criminal activities. Some of the examples on the list include “bring only items you need and bring less cash; be prepared to quit your cellphone and bag or wallet; do not combat with the wrongdoer; remember your security is crucial.”
The Minneapolis City Board has actually been one of the most vocal critics of cops in the nation. Lisa Bender, the president of the council, made eyebrow-raising comments in June during an interview on CNN. She said that calling the authorities when your house is burglarized “originates from a place of opportunity.”
The Star-Tribune’s short article makes it appear as though there is low morale at the city’s department. Pro-police supporters have said cops throughout the nation have been unfairly vilified. The paper, citing an unnamed source, said the department is funded to have 888 officers but might see about one-third of the force leave by the end of the year.