Minneapolis was ground zero for the protesting since it is where George Floyd died. The police throughout the city have felt bullied after what happened. Rather than identifying that there was one bad cop, everyone is feeling the heat.
Now, over a month since George Floyd’s death, property and violent crimes are on the rise. Meanwhile, policing of the streets have dropped approximately 34%. That can’t possibly be a coincidence, right?
Throughout Minneapolis, there are around 150 police officers filing claims of PTSD effects and getting ready to leave the force. Many others are upping their retirement dates to try to get out of the force as quickly as possible.
They should signal that there is a big problem. While there are still plenty of officers to get the job done, they aren’t doing as many stops. They aren’t making as many arrests.
Why not? Obviously, there needs to be plenty of stops and arrests being made when you look at all of the unrest throughout the streets. Vandalism and looting are taking place all over the city.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Minneapolis police are feeling apprehensive. They don’t know what they can and cannot do anymore. They don’t want to be criticized as citizens watch their every move.
The officers involved in dealing with George Floyd were criticized by the entire nation. They are facing criminal charges.
The statistics tell everything about what’s happening in Minneapolis and how the police officers feel powerless. When looking at statistics, the number of searches of vehicles and individuals are down by approximately 50%. Meanwhile, Minneapolis has experienced an unprecedented increase in shootings over the past year.
The embattled Minneapolis Police Department has mostly ceased stopping and searching residents of the city, as resources are stretched thin by anti-cop protests and surging gun violence.
Official data released by the MPD show that cumulative stops fell 36 percent in the week after 3 officers killed George Floyd, sparking nationwide protests. That trend has persisted—over the week between July 6 and July 12, MPD officers made just 193 stops, down 77 percent from the same week in 2019.
Stops involving searches of people or their vehicles have also plummeted. MPD conducted just 20 over the week of July 12, and 11 the week before—87 and 90 percent declines, respectively, from the preceding year.
It’s hard to deal with crime when police officers are facing more criticism than ever. They are struggling to get unlicensed firearms off the streets. They are told that they are not allowed to use force when taking down a criminal. They are also having their police departments’ budgets cut dramatically.
It’s hard to say that this is a coincidence. There is no way that there is a coincidence in terms of the spike in shootings at the same time that the police are feeling powerless to do their job properly.
This is what Democrats have to look forward to as they continue to push toward defunding police departments throughout Minnesota and the rest of the country. Democrats don’t want crime happening in their streets, yet they also don’t want to give the police departments the money necessary to get the job done. More importantly, it’s not just about the money. It’s also training police officers to do the job right and giving them the ability to gauge the situation properly in order to use the force required to address violence and arrest criminals.
Officers throughout Minneapolis and the rest of the country are walking off the job because there’s more violence within the communities but also more violence directed at them.
City Hall and City Council don’t have police officers’ backs anymore. They’re the ones sitting in their cozy offices with pencils, figuring out where to cut more money to appease the protesters responsible or all of the violence in the streets.
The only thing that Minneapolis has managed to do is embolden the criminals. Criminals know that they can be more violent because there are no repercussions. With more cops turning in their retirement papers, it is harder to patrol the area. Even if a police officer does choose to stop a crime, that officer runs the risk of getting hurt or killed. Combine that with the fact that the police officer is terrified to use any kind of force and it simply provides the criminals with the ability to do whatever they want.
If Minneapolis and other cities around the country want to see violent crime drop, they need to be ready to put their support back behind the men and women in blue.