Minneapolis police warn business owners: Reinforcements aren’t on the way

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN– Since the death of George Floyd in May, violent riots have plagued the streets of almost every major city in the U.S..

Reports of chaos flew all hours of the day and night as these rioters crippled the cities. In the last several weeks, less and less is being reported on the mayhem, but that does not mean that things have returned to normal. 

While the sizes of the riots, in Minneapolis in particular, have decreased in size an frequency, business owners and residents are still facing the new destructive factor, heightened crime.

Like most major cities, crime rates are up across the board, including both property crime and violent crimes against persons.

According to HotAir, many residents have already described the situation as being akin to “living in a war zone.”

The city’s 3rd Precinct in particular is seeing a massive crime increase, where robberies and assaults have become a new reality for the people who live there.

Craig Paulson, the owner of Pedego Electric Bikes, sent an email to the local Police Chief saying that his employees are too frightened to come to work now. The answer he received was disheartening to say the least, and implied that the business owners were on their own. 

This is the response that Craig Paulson received from Inspector Sean McGinty:

“As far as a long-term plan I don’t have one. I have lost 30% of my street officers since the end of May. Budget cuts from COVID-19 and an additional 1.5 million from the council in August we have let go 17 CSO’s and canceled a recruit class of 29.

A potential Cadet class slated for January of 2021 was also eliminated.

It takes about a year to get a police officer onto the streets with hiring, backgrounds and field training so reinforcements aren’t coming anytime soon.

We are doing everything we can with what we have. I hate to see great businesses like yours and the rest of your corridor being victimized and feeling unsafe. Please let me know if you have any more questions.”

Hearing the Precinct say that they don’t have a long-term plan, and reinforcements are not on the way, are phrases that are unnerving to say the least.

According to HotAir, the 3rd Precinct, like much of the overall Minneapolis police force, is on the ropes.

Yes, there were budget cuts caused by the plague, but the cops’ budgets were further slashed by the City Council in response to the Defund the Police movement.

A new class of recruits is not being trained at present. Many officers have either taken early retirement or simply quit. They are undermanned and overworked.

To add insult to injury, the 3rd Precinct doesn’t even have a police station. In May, rioters burned the station to the ground.

Since then, officers have had to make due in a makeshift station in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention center isn’t even located in the precinct, which only adds to the delay in response times. 

According to CBSMinnesota, the police department was negotiating to lease space from a local business warehouse for a temporary command center, but those negotiations fell through earlier this week so they are still effectively homeless.

It comes as absolutely no surprise that when some local residents were asked how they feel about the police station falling through, the anti-police citizens celebrated.

Here’s the response from Robin Wonsley of the “Seward Police Abolition Group”:

“I think we’re celebrating this as a victory, and making it very clear to our elected leaders that you need to move forward with the process that you promised in June,

“We do not want to see any movement on re-opening this precinct.”

By not being able to replace the burnt police station that these rioters lit on fire, it creates a sense of victory for them, symbolizing they have won over the police. 

On the other end of the field are the business owners and innocent residents who are practically begging for help, but can not receive it. These are the people who are suffering the most from the massive amounts of destruction and violence taking place in these cities. 

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Here is more on the shock the city leaders are experiencing as police are defunded and crime rises. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – On September 15th, a meeting was held that hosted the Minneapolis City Council to discuss aspects related to police reform.

However, what the meeting turned into was more along the lines of asking “where are the police” as crime is on the rise.

Council members told MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo, during most of the two-hour meeting, that local residents are witnessing the likes of street racing, shameless carjackings in broad daylight, thefts, assaults and even shootings.

The general question being posed by the council was what the police chief was doing to address these ongoing criminal acts being reported.

Jamal Osman, the newly elected Ward 6 council member, said he has been getting flooded with calls and complaints from citizens that were alleging police calls are not being answered:

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?”

Osman stated that the local police is essentially the lifeline for certain areas within Minneapolis, and those calling for assistance aren’t allegedly being tended to:

“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.”

Keep in mind, this line of questioning directed toward Chief Arradondo is coming just months after this very same council was doing all it could to have the MPD defunded and essentially dismantled. Now, after the council having pushed for a non-existent MPD, they seemingly want to know where the police are.

Current times in Minneapolis are not that great, when comparing crime in 2019 to that of crime in the current year.

According to MPD crime statistics, the amount of recorded violent crimes such as assaults, thefts and homicides is up relative to 2019. In the first nine months of 2020, more people have been killed in the area than killed in all of last year.

But it’s not just crimes akin to violence that are on the rise – property crimes have increased as well in the vain of car thefts and residential burglaries. With little surprise, cases of arson have increased by 55% when looking at the number of arson reports in 2019 up to this point.

Chief Arradondo did respond to the inquiries levied by the council, noting that the MPD is working to shift more officers onto patrol duties and investigations as well as trying to crack down on the robberies being reported.

But Council President Lisa Bender implied that officers from the MPD are basically intentionally ignoring calls for assistance when crimes are being reported.

She alleged that locals had told her that MPD officers had admitted to residents in the area that they’re purposely not enacting arrests of those alleged to have committed crimes.

Bender, who was one of the more vocal critics of the MPD when the calls to defund the department started after the death of George Floyd, further implied that police have always failed to properly enact their duties:

“This is not new. But it is very concerning in the current context.”

Chief Arradondo afforded the diplomatic response of Bender’s accusations against police, saying that it was “troubling to hear” and that he was look into the matter to see if there was any validity to the accusations.

However, other council members noted that MPD officers have complained that they’re not only overworked currently – but that they’re understaffed. Thus far, approximately 100 officers from the MPD have either left the department all together or have taken a leave of absence, according to Chief Arradondo.

To put that into perspective, that’s roughly twice the amount of separations that the department encounters annually.

But areas that typically don’t see that much crime, such as the 11th Ward, which is represented by council member Jeremy Schroeder, are now feeling “terrorized” by the influx of criminal activity. He said a new-found outbreak of robberies of businesses have alarmed and angered locals and business owners at 48th Street and Chicago Road.

The police chief acknowledged those concerns, explaining that a majority of those crimes in that area were being perpetrated by youthful offenders:

“Arrests have been made. There are still some pending charges. Both our juvenile units are pursuing those.”

During the exchange, council member Phillipe Cunningham actually voiced his disdain that his associates were basically asking the police for help when he thought they were all on board with getting rid of the MPD:

“What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD.”

Well, perhaps some of these council members have seen what happens to a lacking police department that has also been demoralized. And obviously, residents don’t seem to be enjoying the spoils of these efforts.

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