Minneapolis to spend over $6 million to hire more police after defunding them

Minneapolis to spend over $6 million to hire more police after defunding them

[Ed. – Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to embark on that half-baked scheme in thefirst place.]

Minneapolis is planning to spend $6.4million to hire dozens of police officers, at a  time when some City Council members and activist groups have been advocating to replace the police department following the death of George Floyd.

The City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve the additional funding that police requested.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, there are only 638 officers available to work, which is roughly 200 fewer than usual.

An unprecedented number of officers quit or went on extended medical leave after Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed, which included the burning of a police precinct.

With new recruit classes, the city anticipates it will have 674 officers available at the end of the year, with another 28 in the hiring process, according to the Star Tribune.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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