Throughout the past few weeks, there has been a surge of police officers leaving their positions in Minneapolis, as a result of the skyrocketing crime levels in the biggest city of Minnesota.
While some argue that the newly emerged events in the police force are a direct consequence of the George Floyd incident that happened on May 25, 2020, police officers don’t agree.
According to them, the rising trend started back in 2015.
So, why are Minneapolis Police officers leaving the city?
Thousands of citizens of Minneapolis expressed their concern about the fact that more police officers are leaving their department.
On the other hand, former employees at the PD suggest that they don’t feel safe performing their duty as for the last few years protesters and criminals have taken complete control of the streets of Minneapolis.
Steve Dykstra, a former police officer who was interviewed by Fox News suggested that cops are feeling helpless and don’t have the resources or the men power to counter the surge in crime rate.
As a consequence of the increased criminal activity and the fact that the number of officers in the Minneapolis police department is much lower, the city requested help from both Minnesota and the White House Office.
The fact that there are 2.5 times more gunshot victims in 2021 than there were in 2020 even though there are still seven months to go is pretty distressing.
In addition, more than 200 police officers left their job only in the past year mostly as a result of increased violence after George Floyd’s death and the fact that since 2015 they don’t have the power to enforce the law on the streets.
Minneapolis residents standing up against crime
In the past couple of months, city leaders have been calling for the residents of Minneapolis to stand up and protest against the rising crime levels.
On the other hand, the police officers that didn’t leave the department seem to be doing their part by advising everyone to give up their possessions in case they get approached by robbers.
The so-called prevention tips first appeared in July 2020 related to numerous robberies and incidents in the 3rd Precinct.
Since then, the Police Department has issued multiple warnings and statements that it is much better to stay safe and alive than put yourself at risk by fighting armed criminals.
It is almost unbelievable that in 2021, the police cannot protect their citizens in any other way than to advise them not to resist criminals!
Unfortunately, the situation is likely to only get worse.
The question remains when the citizens will start taking matters into their own hands, and if that happens, God help us all!