The Minneapolis city council has authorized $500,000 in funding for the police department to hire cops from other forces, after sever officers have quit and crime has soared since the beginning of the year.

Council members on Friday narrowly voted 7 to 6 in favor of approving $496,000 in additional funds for Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

The Daily Mail reported that the money will be used to bring in 20 to 40 cops from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department and Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit Police to aid the department in tackling the recent crime wave across the city.

The contracts will run from November 15 through to the end of the year.

The additional officers are expected to be tasked with helping answer 911 calls and tackling violence in crime hotspots of the city.

Mayor Jacob Frey put forward the proposal, suggesting the MPD has seen a “significant reduction” in officers which is “resulting in difficulty in meeting the public safety needs of the City.” 

“Minneapolis, like local governments across this country, is grappling with competing crises – combating a global pandemic, weathering an economic downturn, and pursuing racial justice,” Frey said in a statement Friday. 

“And at the same time, neighborhoods across our city have endured an intolerable level of gun violence and crime.”

The decision came after a tense exchange between Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and members of the city council in a meeting discussing the plans Tuesday, where Arradondo said the force needed more resources to top the city “bleeding.”

“Our resources are hemorrhaging, our city is bleeding and I am doing all I can to stop that bleeding,” Arradondo said.

Homicides are up almost 50 percent so far this year, with 73 compared to just 39 in the same period in 2019, while more than 50 people have been shot since the start of 2020.

Violent crimes including carjackings and robberies have reached a five-year high with more than 4,600 so far this year.

Residents have said violence in the city is now even worse than it was in the mid-1990s when it earned the nickname “Murderapolis” and that they have been all but abandoned by police.  

“If you want to talk about pandemics, we’re dealing with a pandemic of violence,” a community activist called Spann told the Washington Post

“We’re under siege. You wake up and go to bed in fear, because you don’t know what’s going to happen next… And our city has failed to protect us.”

Officers have left the department in droves, with more than 150 cops quitting so far this year—triple the typical number of 40 to 45—with several citing post-traumatic stress disorder from protests.

Last month, an attorney told the Associated Press that he had helped process about 175 disability leave claims since George Floyd’s death.

Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Police Department is facing calls for its defunding and altogether abolishment after four of its officers were allegedly involved in the death of Floyd on Memorial Day.

There is evidence to suggest that Floyd did not die due to Chauvin’s knee, which has been the narrative since his death. Instead, medical autopsies have shown that Floyd had a fatal level of fentanyl in his system, along with a positive COVID-19 verdict.

This bit of information has been consistently pushed under the rug by protesters and rioters—who have enacted all manner of violence across the country since Floyd’s passing.

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