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Minneapolis City Council Votes To Contract With Outside Agencies To Assist MPD

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis City Council has narrowly voted to contract with outside agencies to help the Minneapolis Police Department.

The agreement, which will bring in officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit, will cost the city roughly $500,000 for a contract that runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.

MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo’s ask for help comes amidst a rise in homicides and shootings throughout the city. Compared to last year, homicides are up 87%, robberies have increased 37%. Assaults are up 23% and burglaries are up 21%.

The city’s police department has been short-staffed since many officers went on leave ore retired in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The vote by the city council passed, 7-6. Councilmembers Lisa Goodman, Alondra Cano, Andrea Jenkins, Kevin Reich, Jamal Osman, Linea Palmisano, and Andrew Johnson voted in favor of the proposal. Steve Fletcher, Jeremiah Ellison, Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham, Cam Gordon, and Jeremy Schroeder voted against.

Several of the council members who called for the dismantling of police back in June approved this proposal,  including Cano of Ward 9, Jenkins of Ward 8, and Johnson of Ward 12.

“Minneapolis, like local governments across this country, is grappling with competing crises – combating a global pandemic, weathering an economic downturn, and pursuing racial justice,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Frey said neighborhoods across Minneapolis are at the same time enduring an “intolerable” level of crime and gun violence.

“Today we sent a clear signal that we will support Chief Arradondo and that we are ready to work collaboratively with our law enforcement partners and neighboring jurisdictions while continuing to implement concrete, transformative public safety measures,” Frey said.

MPD says they currently have 486 officers on patrol in the streets.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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Source: CBS Minnesota

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