Shootings, some fatal, are all playing out in and around where people live and work in Minneapolis.
It has become too common of an occurrence across the city, especially in north Minneapolis. Mayor Jacob Frey met with community leaders last Friday, and empathized with what’s going on, CBS reports.
“It’s going to take a very comprehensive effort. Yes, it includes safety beyond policing, and it includes police. And, you know, I’m one that has been working lock step with our Chief [Medaria] Arradondo, and I’m calling on the council members to try to work with him as well,” Frey said.
Frey says the city does not have enough officers to respond to crime when needed.
“It’s just the reality of the solution, you know. When you make big, overarching statements that we’re going to defund or abolish and dismantle the police department and get rid of all the officers, there’s an impact to that,” Frey said. “Do we need massive change? Yes we do. We need accountability and culture shift within our department, and we need police.”
Frey says he plans to release a plan later this week that includes laying out both safety and accountability.