Violent crime up 4% in Minneapolis; mayor wants more police

  • Article by: Matt McKinney , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 6:08 PM

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Tuesday that violent crime rose 4 percent but remains at one of its lowest levels in 30 years.

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swans999Jan. 7, 1411:38 AM

Not acceptable! Poor leadership.

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bluedevil101Jan. 7, 1412:01 PM

Rybak never addressed the ongoing violence on the North side. Will Hodges?

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ShelleyjolJan. 7, 1412:07 PM

We've had an active, engaged, citizen-powered crime watch network in NE Mpls for several years now that has contributed to residents' increased awareness of personal safety issues. It's also helped residents be more aware of watching for and reporting suspicious persons and activity, which, in turn, helps gets cops responding to the area faster. As both the 2nd Precinct commander, Insp. Kathy Waite, and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek have publicly stated in the last few weeks: More cops won't stop crime. Citizens are responsible for their own safety. Increasing citizen safety awareness and giving citizens access to the tools they need to ensure their own safety is the key.

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Sutty69Jan. 7, 1412:16 PM

That's because they get parole until they kill someone

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randyjkJan. 7, 1412:20 PM

So when crime goes down, will you be willing to reduce staff?

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widow124Jan. 7, 1412:20 PM

ironically, there was an attempted armed robbery ONE BLOCK north of this same library just two weeks ago. the victim fought back and a passing motorist stopped, picked up the perps gun and followed him while directing the police while on her cellphone with dispatch.

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phunkhat1Jan. 7, 1412:27 PM

Please fire the Mpls cop who has been sued twice for beating up civilians while off-duty outside of night clubs.

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mnnative5Jan. 7, 1412:35 PM

Wouldn't response time data be a more telling statistic than crime regarding the number of officers needed? Crime starts with poor family life, not the number of MSP officers. It's not that hard. cmon.

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bluebird227Jan. 7, 1412:38 PM

I'd like to know what's considered a violent crime. Is it a crime committed with a gun?

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jpcooperJan. 7, 1412:39 PM

Day #1 on the job and shes willing to commit to more Union labor/benefits/pensions at the expense of tax payers! How about you reallocate your current force from "cold" areas to "hot" areas first and see if more troops drops the crime levels!

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