REFUND THE POLICE? Minneapolis Spending Over $6 Million To Hire More Police Officers

The city of Minneapolis has apparently discovered reality.

Months after riots destroyed huge swaths of the city, and crime went through the roof, the city has finally decided to abandon the ‘defund the police’ nonsense and hire some more police officers.

Better late than never, right?

The New York Post reports:

Minneapolis to spend $6.4 million to hire more police officers

Minneapolis will spend $6.4 million to hire dozens more police officers after a large number of cops left the department in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing and the protests that followed.

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The Minnesota city’s police department said it has just 638 officers available to work, 200 fewer than in recent years, the Star Tribune reported.

Several cops quit, retired or went on extended medical leave, many for PTSD claims, after last spring’s riots that included a precinct being burned down and calls to end the police force. Some 155 officers remain on some form of extended leave, the report said.

In the months since the protests, many residents have urged the city to hire more cops, saying they’re waiting longer for responses to 911 calls amid a surge of violent crime.

The additional funding for the force, unanimously approved by the City Council on Friday, comes even as some councilmembers and activist groups are pushing to dismantle the department, saying police haven’t proven effective at reducing crime.

Who could have predicted that defunding the police wouldn’t work? Pretty much everyone.

Welcome to reality, Minneapolis.

 

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