In an astonishing defeat for the “Defund the Police” movement, the city of Minneapolis is set to spend $6.4 million hiring dozens more police officers.
Activists and far-left politicians in the city have been pushing to defund the department since the death of George Floyd, which sparked riots and terror across the nation.
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“The City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve the additional funding that police requested. The department says it only has 638 officers available to work — roughly 200 fewer than usual. An unprecedented number of officers quit or went on extended medical leave after Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed, which included the burning of a police precinct,” ABC News reports.
With their ramped up efforts, the city expects to have 674 officers employed at the end of the year and another 28 in the process of being hired.
While the militant left has been pushing to overthrow the department since Floyd’s fentanyl fueled death, other residents have been begging for a stronger police presence.
Several city council members have proposed replacing the police department with a public safety office. Their effort is being boosted by Yes 4 Minneapolis, which ABC News reports is “being fueled by a half-million dollar grant from the Washington, D.C.-based group Open Society Policy Center, which is associated with billionaire George Soros. Organizers hope to collect 20,000 signatures by March 31.”