Violent crime is on the rise in Minneapolis with murders rising to the second-highest level on record last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death devastated the city.
Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 were murder cases, according to the city’s police crime statistics.
It is only the second highest murder rate since 1995, when a record 97 murders were recorded.
That record 1995 figure resulted in the city being labeled ‘Murderapolis’ by the national media.
Violent crime was already on the rise in the first half of last year, but it really started to peak after Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking widespread protests and a movement to ‘finance’ the police force.
Crime figures are already on the rise this year.
So far, 1,398 violent crimes have been committed in 2021, according to police crime statistics.
Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 were murder cases, according to the city’s police crime statistics. It is only the second highest murder rate since 1995, when a record 97 murders were recorded
Twenty-four of the violent crimes in the first four months of this year were murders.
Last week, 107 violent crimes were reported in the city, more than the 60 that took place in the same week in 2020.
Minneapolis police are already predicting a return to ‘Murderapolis’ this year.
“ We’re going to blow Murderopolis off the charts this year, ” a Minneapolis police officer told journalist Michael Tracey in a report published on Substack.
Officers say they have noticed a spike in gun violence and more people than ever seem to have guns.
The city’s gunshot detection data shows that more than 24,000 bullets were fired in Minneapolis last year.
In the week after Floyd’s death last year, nearly 1,400 gunshots were recorded across the city.
Last year, more than 550 people were injured in shootings, including fatalities, according to the data.
More than 80 percent of the shots were black, and 62 percent of the total number were from Minneapolis.
The number of shooting victims in 2020 was up 100 percent from the year before.
The number of carjackings increased to 375 last year, which is an increase of 331 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
It is only the second highest murder rate since 1995, when a record 97 murders were recorded. That record 1995 figure resulted in the city being labeled ‘Murderapolis’ by the national media. A crime scene from 1995 is pictured above in Minneapolis
Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 of them were murders, according to the city’s police crime statistics
So far, 1,398 violent crimes have been committed in 2021, according to police crime statistics. Twenty-four of the violent crimes in the first four months of this year were murders. The homicide rate in the first months of this year exceeds last year’s rates
The city’s gunshot detection data shows that more than 24,000 bullets were fired in Minneapolis last year. Pictured above is a map that traces the last seven days of gunfire through the city
Authorities have said the spike in violent crime is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the turmoil the city faced after Floyd’s death.
Some police officers argue that it is due to police resources being limited, given the widespread anti-police stance since Floyd’s death.
In February, it was revealed that Minneapolis planned to spend $ 6.4 million to hire dozens of police officers, at a time when some city councilors and activist groups had advocated for police replacement after Floyd’s death.
The city council voted unanimously to approve the additional funding requested by the police.
According to the Minneapolis Police Department, there are only 638 officers available to work, about 200 fewer than usual.
An unprecedented number of officers dropped out or went on extended medical leave after Floyd’s death and subsequent unrest, including the burning of a police station.
When officers from the department resigned, many claimed it was due in part to post-traumatic stress disorder after a summer of unrest.
Some city councilors have pushed for the replacement of the police force with a public safety department that would include law enforcement and other services.
Officers speaking to Michael Tracey say attitudes to the police and pressure to defend the department have made Minneapolis look like the “Wild Wild West.”
“Usually an officer should take about ten calls a day,” said one officer. ‘I am already around thirty. So that’s a lot overboard. I mean, you’re going to burn out. You make people stop. ‘
Authorities have said the spike in violent crime is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest the city faced in the wake of George Floyd’s death by officer Derek Chauvin.
That officer alleged that a further 14 of their colleagues had resigned from the department last month after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd’s murder.
“One of us is being murdered and no one cares. And that’s the sad thing. Nobody cares. Not the citizens, not our buyer. Not our administration, not our city. They don’t care. They don’t care, ”the officer said.
The officer predicted that more would leave the next time the police were cast in a negative light by the city.
‘We’re getting tired of it. All of us. And there are only a few who really want to work for the city, ”the officer said.
‘We will not be here. We are all leaving. So this gets worse before it gets better. ‘
It comes after the Justice Department announced last month that it would open a sweeping investigation into the Minneapolis police practice.
The move came after Chauvin was found guilty on April 20.
The Justice Department was already investigating whether Chauvin and the three other officers charged with Floyd’s death violated his civil rights.
“ (The) state criminal trial verdict does not address potential systemic police problems in Minneapolis, ” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at the time.
The new investigation is known as a ‘pattern of practice’ – examining whether there is a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or illegal police work.
Minneapolis police said in a statement that the chief, Medaria Arradondo, “welcomes this investigation” and will cooperate fully with federal prosecutors.
Arradondo “understands that the purpose of this investigation is to uncover any deficiencies or inappropriate behavior within the department and provides adequate resources and direction to correct them,” the statement said.