Six months after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis reeling from rise in violence

Six months after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis reeling from rise in violence

[Ed. – Maybe they need to do more than just defund police. Imprison them, maybe?]

Across several blocks in Minneapolis, at the site where George Floyd died in police custody almost six months ago sparking national outrage, roads remain closed.

Mounds of snow have built up around the tents, street art, and bouquets of withered flowers memorializing Floyd’s death.

By day, people still come to pay homage. But by night, the neighborhood surrounding the makeshift memorial is a hot zone, police say — a microcosm of a wave of violence gripping the city.

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As dozens of officers leave a police department reeling from funding cuts spurred by racial justice advocates, officials say response times have slowed and violent crimes, including shootings, carjackings, and robberies, have spiked.

In June, the City Council cut the police budget by about $14 million, with Mayor Jacob Frey vowing instead to pour resources into a new public safety program. …

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