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As the City Council of Minneapolis meets to reduce the police department budget by 50% as they said they would do in the aftermath of the “George Floyd Riots”, neighborhoods are starting their own community watch groups, some of them armed. This is in response to a “surge of crime” in many neighborhoods.
As a WSJ story from Monday states:
The council had initially backed the idea of supporting the community watch groups with money for things like T-shirts, walkie-talkies and training, but that didn’t end up in the final budget.
The story also notes that shootings in the city have increased, with 75 occurring in the month of June, an increase from 24 in the same period last year. In the first half of July alone, there were already 43 shootings in Minneapolis.
With the police presence reduced and shootings and other crime on the rise, the law-abiding citizens of Minneapolis seem to be on their own for defense of their neighborhoods.Published in