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Despite the claims of many on here, crime rates this low have not been seen since the 1950s. Even in North Minneapolis the overall crime rate is down from the 1990s. Can it be even lower...absolutely, but lets not be so critical of the very good job the city has done. It is even more impressive when you consider that the state has been keeping more and more money generated in the city. Minneapolis has been doing more with less...imagine what they could do if the budget was not so tight.
ibnnnews2: "There is information coming forward from community members that know a lot more than what's being told and reported." I would hope so, because that would mean there is a chance of solving these awful killings. But, people need to be able to speak to police without putting themselves at risk. If YOU know something, I hope you are speaking to the police and not the rumor mill.
The fact that there is a "dangerous part of town" is a sign of failure in and of itself. Neither Ryback or Dayton have no ideas as to how to protect the citizens on the North side. We have Minnesota residents patrolling the streets of Baghdad and Kabul, why are we not putting the MN National Guard round the clock in the "dangerous part of town" until we can get things under control?
webfoot- They are not willing to walk a beat in the 'dangerous' part of town? Then don't become a cop.
greg62- Too many cops responding to petty crimes in the suburbs? That sounds like a funding disparity. Restore state aid to cities that truly need it, specifically earmarked for law enforcement. Too many cops doing nothing in the burbs and too many unreported/unprevented crimes in the city sounds like an easy problem to fix. We just need to stop being so provincial with 100+ cities in the metro and start behaving more like a single community of Twin Citians...or twincitizens if you prefer ;)
Cops won't be walking the beats...the union won't allow it!
People are killing each other in North Minneapolis and you can't find a police officer to catch the thugs, but have 3 beers at a pub in the suburbs and drive home, they'll be all over you. I think our priorities are screwed up.
I grew up in North Minneapolis many years ago and can tell you that most crime there now is committed by people not from Minnesota.
I'm willing to bet that if any of you were a police officer you'd be willing to get out of your squad car and walk a beat in north Minneapolis!
Thanks Mayor Rybak.
We need better police work to address non-violent investigations that lead up to violent crime. This won't make overall statistics look good but it will have a dramatic effect on assaults and murders. Getting out of the Police Cars is a great start! Jestman is also correct - Mpls needs to start pulling some rental licenses that account for a high percentage of where criminal activities occur in our community.
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