Criminals said that all cities in the US had suffered violence in the past year, leading to economic despair and isolation. Minneapolis was no exception: it saw a 25 percent increase in housewives, rapes, robberies and assaults.
But zero in the four neighborhoods around George Floyd Square, named the corner where Mr. Floyd died, and the story is very bleak and deadly. According to police department data, in those areas – Powderhorn Park, Central, Bryant and Bancroft – up to 66 percent of violent crimes occurred last year. And this year, so far, little has changed.
The area has become something of an autonomous region, with obstacles and signs calling it “the free state of George Floyd”. Police have kept away for almost a year to avoid stress.
Residents and city leaders have taunted the role that the weak rank of the police department has played in the violence that looted the entire city. About 200 officers have left the force temporarily over the years, with many taking leave for post-traumatic stress disorder. City officials said the City Charter allows for 888 officers, but currently has 648 on active duty.
Proponents of discrediting the police have praised the $ 8 million redirect from the police department’s budget, which now sits at about $ 170 million. Some of that money has gone to the Office of Violence Prevention, which has seen its budget increase by more than four-fold to $ 7 million over the previous year.
With that money, the office is expanding programs offering social services, director Sasha Cotton said. The office is also later developing a modeling program Cure violence, A national violence-intervention initiative. The city version will consist of six teams of about 15 people, some former members of the gang, working to settle any type of brawl in communities that could lead to violence.