Efforts to disband the Minneapolis police department following the death of George Floyd are now causing officials to look for outside help as violent crime and a shortage of officers has put the city in a precarious position.
According to a report published on Monday, Minneapolis officials are considering bringing in police from other jurisdictions as the city faces a wave of crime and a shortage of officers to deal with it.
According to the Star Tribune, the unrest following the death of Floyd and the calls to disband the department have led to an unusually high number of officers leaving the force, while other officers have filed PTSD claims, severely straining the departments resources.
Minneapolis continues to see a spike in violent crime, with 74 homicides so far this year. At this rate, the number could end up coming close to doubling last year’s total of 48 homicides.
The proposal to bring officers in from other jurisdictions is expected to go before the city council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee Tuesday, and if it passes, will head for a final vote by the city council on Friday.
Mayor Jacob Frey has already signaled that he supports the plan that will cost the city around $500,000.
Minneapolis isn’t the only northern city dealing with a large spike in homicides. Milwaukee just reached a terrifying record high 187 confirmed murders this year with five other cases pending that could quickly push that number higher. The previous high was 174 homicides, which was back in 1993.