Judge orders Minneapolis to hire more police officers after residents sue city
Hennepin County Judge Jamie Anderson mandated local leaders employ 730 sworn officers by June 30, 2022, after it was found that the projected number of police officers for June 1, 2022, 669, was in violation of the city’s charter, which stipulates the area must have 0.0017 licensed peace officers per resident.
Mayor Jacob Frey and the city council were ordered to “take any and all necessary action to ensure that they fund a police force.”
In August 2020, residents Cathy Spann, Sondra Samuels, Don Samuels, Audua Pugh, Jonathan Lundberg, Aimee Lundberg, Georgianna Yantos, and Juliee Oden sued city authorities over rising crime following the death of George Floyd.
“It is undisputed that: the crime rate in Minneapolis has increased since the killing of Floyd, one or more Petitioners have suffered injuries from that increase in crime, Ms. Lundberg has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the Court previously found that that the Petitioners have the standing to bring this mandamus action,” Anderson wrote Thursday.
The Minneapolis Police Department had roughly 740 officers with 66 on leave in some capacity during the summer of 2020. At the time, the eight residents claimed a mass “exodus” of law enforcement in the area resulted in unprecedented violent crime.
DAWG SAYS: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS WHO IS GOING TO APPLY FOR THESE JOBS IN TODAYS CLIMATE. THEY WILL HAVE TO LOWER THEIR STANDARDS CAUSING A BIGGER PROBLEM.