Minneapolis averages more than one carjacking per day in 2021
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Homicides, shootings and carjackings in Minneapolis all exploded in 2021, Minneapolis police said Thursday as city council members argued over how to respond.
The city has seen a 222% increase in car hijackings this year from this point in 2020, with an average of 1.27 incidents per day, according to police data. Homicides increased 108% from the previous year, while shootings increased 153%.
The spike in violent crime comes as Minneapolis police have lost more than 200 police officers in the year since the police murder of George Floyd and the riots that have followed. The agency is now seeking help from outside departments to investigate gun crimes, Commander Jason Case said.
“We are stepping up our resources to focus on gun investigations, on people who we know have a high propensity to use guns for violence,” Case told the public safety committee. of the municipal council. “The chief has asked other agencies to help us in this regard, given our staffing situation.”
Earlier this week, Gov. Tim Walz said he would not permanently station Minnesota State Patrol soldiers on city streets. Soldiers have been deployed to the city on several occasions over the past year, most recently in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.
Walz declined to say whether Mayor Jacob Frey asked his administration for specific assistance in tackling violent crime.
Case blamed a 22% drop in the number of firearm recoveries in part to the plight of MPD personnel.
The city has seen a 130% increase in the number of weapons stolen from vehicles, he said.
“Before the losses, there were cell phones, wallets and cash or laptops. Now it becomes weapons, ”said Case. “It adds to that, a new variable we’ve never seen before.”
The violence reached a new level this month with the shooting of three children, including the death of a 6-year-old girl this week.
Frey and the board members are divided over what to do next. This week, Frey released a four-point plan that included additional funding for police and new restrictions on police tactics, including traffic stops for minor equipment violations.
Several council members immediately opposed the mayor’s plan, leaving his fate at City Hall uncertain.
At Thursday’s meeting, Council Member Cam Gordon asked how guns fell into the wrong hands.
“It seems to me that if we could stop the influx of guns into our town, it would also have repercussions on ShotSpotter (gunfire reports) and all gun crimes,” he said. he says.
Josh Peterson, a director of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, spoke to council members about his office’s community work to address violence.
A program called Next Step engages victims of violence at three hospitals in so-called “bedside interventions” and then provides follow-up services after discharge. Violence Interruptor Groups work at the neighborhood level to provide informal dispute resolution.
Staff from the Violence Prevention Office work with the families of young victims of the shooting, Peterson said.
“This shooting and this level of violence is really not acceptable, and it has to stop,” he told council members.