Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday morning, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to pass their 2021 budget that will see the police department defunded by $7.8 million. The budget was dubbed the “Safety for All” plan. This is part of the Council’s attempt to “reimagine” policing.
The Council initially set out to completely dismantle the police department, but backtracked on that agenda to be put before voters in November. Reportedly, Mayor Jacob Frey, who had previously been all in with the path to disbanding, said that the cuts the Council was proposing were “irresponsible and untenable.”
After the Council proposed a [...]
Minneapolis, MN – Amid the “defund the police” movement in Minneapolis, police have taken reports of over 125 carjacking incidents in the past two months. This number represents a 537% increase in this type of violent crime over November of 2019.
Police have advised that the attacks have been trending to target the elderly, unaccompanied women, as well as distracted victims getting into or out of their vehicles. Several suspects have used the guise of asking for directions, according to a Minneapolis Police Department crime alert. Three carjacking attacks took place just on Saturday morning, November 28, within one hour of each other. In one incident, an [...]
St. Paul, MN – Last Saturday, now-former Officer Anthony Dean reportedly shot a man wanted for multiple crimes, including kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, and assault with a weapon (a knife). Officers responded to a collision at Maryland Ave and Rice St, where a man was said to have attacked his girlfriend with a steak knife. The suspect (now identified as 31-year-old Joseph Javonte Washington) ran from the collision and broke into a home, where he reportedly stole orange juice.
Washington hid in a dumpster and after tracking him, officers attempted to talk him into coming out peacefully. Attempts for this were unsuccessful and Washington (who appeared to have been [...]