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Crime soars in Minneapolis as cops fear being unfairly targeted in woke viral videos: Traffic stops drop by 74% and problem area patrols by 76% in wake of George Floyd death and de-fund police movement
- In-depth analysis shows policing plunged in Minneapolis starting last June
- Traffic stops dropped 74% and and foot patrols plunged 69%
- Cops were apparently reluctant to engage after furor over George Floyd’s death
- Some even slow down their response to calls in hopes suspects will leave first
- But fewer stops meant fewer people being searched for drugs and guns
- Residents say the city has become a ‘gangster’s paradise’ for criminals
- Murders in Minneapolis are on track to reach a 20-year high
Published: 20:48 EDT, 13 September 2021 | Updated: 08:46 EDT, 14 September 2021
Proactive policing in Minneapolis plunged dramatically following the murder of George Floyd last year, even as violent crime soared, a new analysis reveals as the city prepares to vote on a ballot initiative to abolish the police department.
In the year following Floyd’s death, traffic stops in Minneapolis plunged 74 percent, patrols of known problem areas were down 76 percent, and stops of suspicious people plunged 75 percent, according to a Reuters investigation.
Confidential police sources said that part of the slowdown was due to a staffing shortage amid an exodus from the department, but that much of the reduction in policing was due to a fear of being caught up in an incident that could go viral in a climate of anti-cop sentiment.