In an interview with Twin Cities Business earlier this month, Ken Sherman, owner of Seven restaurant in Minneapolis, was quoted saying, "This city is run by gangs. The only thing a bad guy is afraid of is a badder guy."
When it comes to criminals being met by police in Minneapolis, Sherman doesn't see it happening.
"I'm on a rooftop on Hennepin and Seventh. I can be on that rooftop on a Saturday night and get there at 9 or 10 p.m. be there till 2-2:30 a.m. and never see a police car and absolutely never see a policeman walking down the street," Sherman said. "The only police we see are off-duty cops hired by other bars or restaurants."
Sherman thinks that this has hurt the city as he sees fewer people from the sub burbs coming into the city for nightlife. Where they may have come out for dinner after their evening plans, they instead go home, Sherman said.
However, Sherman doesn't see this being an issue with the Minneapolis Police Department; he sees a problem elsewhere in the city, MSN reports.
"The moment that the city council condemned an entire group of men, many of whom have devoted years of their life to keep us safe, and said that they were systemically racist and they should be abolished, they destroyed the morale of the MPD," Sherman said.
"Now what you hear about is how 250 members of the police force have left, but that's okay now according to the politicians because now they are going to fund to get more cops."
Sherman, however, sees 250 officers who had experience and were dedicated to the betterment of the city.
"In terms of them being systemically racist, I take issue with that," Sherman stated. "There certainly are members of the police force who are racist; there are members of the realtors association who are racist; there are members of every organization that are racist."