A group of Minneapolis residents have filed suit against the city because the Minneapolis Police Department are no longer protecting them, according to reports.
Not only has the MPD lost a lot of officers to retirements and resignations, but the department has even cancelled plans to expand and ended its cadet training.
The police have also retreated from the city in the face of a lack of support from the City Council. That has unsurprisingly proceeded a massive rise in crime.
Per Fox 9 KMSP:
“We are here because of people’s safety,” said Cathy Spann, a community activist. “We want law and order. We want reform. But we are in this city to say, enough is enough.”
Former Councilor Don Samuels and his wife say children can’t go outside right now as violent crimes including shootings, carjackings and murders have increased since the death of George Floyd.
“We have made the emotional appeal,” Samuels said. “We have demonstrated the statistical uptick and now this is the legal action we are exercising because it seems as if the City Council cannot hear us and doesn’t feel what we feel.”
The group of petitioners questioned city leaders about the number of police officers currently deployed across the city. They contend the MPD has fallen below the minimum thresholds required in the city’s charter because of the number of officers who have either gone out on some type of leave or quit since the deadly Memorial Day arrest.
“We simply want to have enough police on the streets to keep Minneapolis safe,” said attorney James Dickey.
One of the main contentions in the lawsuit is that there is a provision in the city charter that requires Minneapolis to run an adequately staffed police department. City officials tried to dump that provision but were unable to do so. That means, the city is now violating its own laws but hamstringing the police department.
The city tried to argue that since none of the residents in the lawsuit had been shot, they had no standing to bring a lawsuit against the city.
What a laughable argument.
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