The Minneapolis Police Department has requested nearly $500,000 to help with the city’s crime surge amid a shortage of officers.
After the death of May 25 death of George Floyd in city police custody sparked weeks of riots, the Minneapolis City Council chose to solve the issue of police violence by cutting $1 million from the department and reallocate it to “violence interpreters” through the health department. The council also voted to dismantle the department and replace it with a community-based public-safety system.
Several months later, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has said violent crime is up more than 20% compared to last year and 40% compared to two years ago. The police department is also prepared to undergo a proposed budget cut of about $12 million.