A new report reveals nearly 200 Minneapolis police officers have retired from the force since last year, leaving the city in a massive officer shortage following George Floyd’s death in 2020.
“You take away loitering laws and the ability to pursue vehicles. You don’t have to stop for the police in Minneapolis anymore, thanks to Mayor Frey and the city council. Cops get frustrated,” said Steve Dykstra according to PJ Media, who left the force last summer, adding that he refuses to be a “stand-down cop.”
A Fox News report added “many filing post-traumatic stress claims due to the civil unrest that followed.”
A Year of Chaos
The report added, “Minneapolis has seen at least 31 homicides this year, not including this weekend’s violence.”
The news follows the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death this week. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in his murder.
Three other former officers involved in the incident await trial.
Minneapolis erupted in violent protest in the days following George Floyd’s death. Police dealt with looting, fires and numerous marches that sometimes turned violent, all during a year already complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Further, many in the Minneapolis area sought to defund the police, angering many in the force who were already enduring difficult situations.
Rebuilding the Police Force
Instead of defunding police, the city now faces the need to rebuild its force.
In February, an MPR News article revealed Minneapolis instead “approved $6.4 million for the city’s Police Department to hire dozens more officers this year.”
The report noted, “Under the chief’s staffing plan the department could have as many as 674 active, sworn officers on the streets at the end of the year.”
Many officers have left the Minneapolis force, but the city needs to back the blue to improve its situation in the days ahead.