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Minneapolis police chief pleads for funding to bring in outside law enforcement

Minneapolis police chief pleads for funding to bring in outside law enforcement
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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo appealed to the City Council Tuesday to bring in outside law enforcement to address what he said was a rise in violent crime and an officer shortage.

Five hundred people in the city have been wounded by gunfire and dozens more are dead in 2020, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Residents have called on city leaders to address the violence. 

Arradondo on Tuesday appealed to the council for more help as a large number of officers are on leave, the newspaper reported. 

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"Resources are hemorrhaging. Our city is bleeding at this moment. I'm trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding," Arradondo said at a Tuesday meeting, according to the Star-Tribune.

However, since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May, the process of granting additional resources and staffing has become more complex. Since Floyd died, the council has been debating police reform. 

Arradondo has asked for funds to bring in up to 40 Metro Transit Police and personnel from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the council questioned Arradondo on the effectiveness of increasing the department’s resources, saying it had historically failed to fix the problems he described.

“So, we're going to take a thing that has not been working very well and has not been addressing carjackings, has not been addressing the rise in violent crime ... and say if we just do 5% more of it, that will get us to a better place. I'm struggling to get my head around why that is a good idea," Council Member Steve Fletcher said.

"We can go back and forth on the $185 million but that is not stopping the bloodshed that is occurring every day in our city," Arradondo countered, according to the newspaper. “If you choose to say no to these victims of crime, then please stand by that.”

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Council Member Jeremiah Ellison pushed back on Arradondo’s claims. 

"What I'm hearing is that we don't have to put together a strategy. We don't have to put together a plan. We don't need to provide any budget transparency. 'Shut up and pay us,' " he said.

The council narrowly passed the plan, granting the police department an additional $500,000.