City council reviews efforts to tackle violence in Minneapolis

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With violent crime on the rise in Minneapolis, city council members met Thursday to discuss new crime reduction measures.

Speaking at the meeting, police agree that the exact cause of the increase in violent crime is a combination of complex factors. Over the past few months, we’ve seen several young bullet victims buried by loved ones and, more recently, body parts of Adam Johnson appear across town.

These are just a few of the victims contributing to the 64% increase in homicides since the start of the year.

Thefts are also up 30% and although several property crimes have declined, including burglaries down 35% and arson by almost 22% from 2020, car hijackings have increased by 164%. %.

“I know we will continue to redouble our efforts to disrupt criminal activity,” said Jason Case, Minneapolis Police Commander.

The Office of Violence Prevention highlighted to council members some of their activities, including the “MinneapolUS” strategic outreach initiative. With long-term funding, the goal is to contract with more community groups for the so-called “switches” that can try to prevent and reduce community violence.

Program director Sasha Cotton points out that this is different from community patrols around the Derek Chauvin trial that some have criticized as being a police stamp.

“There is a barrier between the MPD and the switches to protect the credibility of the switches,” Cotton said.

The hope is later to offer a trauma response as well, especially after one of 41 homicides so far this year has occurred outside of one funeral service for another.

“It’s not reactionary, it’s designed to prevent violence before it happens,” Cotton said. “Although some material deals with the response to violence once it has occurred.”

Along with the increase in crime reports, the activity of ShotSpotter is also on the rise, especially in cases where ten or more shots are fired.



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