After Voting to Defund Police Dept and Having Crime Surge, Minneapolis City Council Approves Funds to Hire More Police Officers

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The Minneapolis City Council narrowly approved about $500,000 in additional funds yesterday, in order to hire 20-40 additional police officers.

In a 7-6 decision, the City Council voted to bring in personnel from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department and Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit Police.

Minneapolis has seen a sharp spike in violent crime rates after the City Council voted to defund the city’s police department earlier this year, in the wake of the riots that erupted after the killing of George Floyd.

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