City Council Member Lisa Goodman joined them and said she would like to hire more officers and rethink other policies to improve safety in the area.
Business leaders Wednesday reiterated the call for more police officers to patrol downtown Minneapolis after a summer of high-profile robberies and assaults, and just days after a fatal shooting in the city’s theater district.
Their request, made at a news conference Wednesday, was amplified by a City Council member representing part of downtown who said she would like to hire more officers and rethink other policies to improve safety in the area.
“We certainly acknowledge incidents are going to continue to occur, but they can’t at the rate and level and with the severity that we’ve seen recently. It’s just not acceptable,” said Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. “We need more presence and we need more continued proactive policing.”
Long-term trends show a decline in violent crime in Minneapolis and across the state. But a string of random robberies and attacks have shaken the perception of safety downtown, home to nearly 50,000 people.
More than 630 violent crimes have taken place downtown so far this year, almost 100 more than the same time last year but 120 fewer than 2017, according to data from the Minneapolis Police Department. Of those, nine were homicides and 262 were robberies.
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"Business leaders call for more police in downtown Minneapolis"; By Miguel Otárola; StarTribune; October 3, 2019