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We recently learned that as many as 150 officers from the Minneapolis Police Department have filed claims involving PTSD effects and are preparing to leave the force. Others are moving up their retirement dates if they have sufficient time in service to do so. But I’m sure everything is still okay, right? I mean, there are still lots of police on the job and we always have plenty of cops, particularly in a place that’s famous for that “Minnesota Nice” way of life.
Perhaps not so much. It’s true that there are still many officers on the beat, but for some reason, they don’t seem to be making as many stops and arrests. That’s particularly odd when you consider all of the unrest in the streets along with all of the wanton looting and vandalism taking place. Shouldn’t stops and arrests being going up rather than down? But their own records indicate that the opposite is happening. (Free Beacon)
The embattled Minneapolis Police Department has mostly ceased stopping and searching residents of the city, as resources are stretched thin by anti-cop protests and surging gun violence.
Official data released by the MPD show that cumulative stops fell 36 percent in the week after 3 officers killed George Floyd, sparking nationwide protests. That trend has persisted—over the week between July 6 and July 12, MPD officers made just 193 stops, down 77 percent from the same week in 2019.
Stops involving searches of people or their vehicles have also plummeted. MPD conducted just 20 over the week of July 12, and 11 the week before—87 and 90 percent declines, respectively, from the preceding year.
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