A day after gunfire claimed another life in north Minneapolis, police are making their presence known. Officers are out of their cars and walking the beat, interacting with people in the latest effort to stop the violence.
The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for returning military veterans to fill the gaps in its ranks. The department took a big hit after changes in the state’s pension plan. It saw many MPD officers take early retirement.
A rash of robberies and assaults on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus has students calling for more police on the beat. As a result, Minneapolis Police are ramping up its efforts to keep students on and near campus safe.
On Saturday, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation issued a statement about two cases involving off-duty officers accused of racial bias. The Federation says it concurs with Chief Janee Harteau’s statement that “racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the MPD.” They said they want exactly what Chief Harteau wants: the community’s trust that officers will impartially and objectively protect the public. The union wants a seat at the table when the powers that be meet to discuss how to deal with these accusations of misconduct.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis in June. Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.
Minneapolis Police are walking the beat on the city’s north side, and it’s a welcomed sight for some residents. “That’s probably the best part thing about this – you’re having a conversation with people, and they can actually see more than just the uniform,” Kaminski said. Officers Matt Kaminski and Sokhom Klann spend their shift checking area hotspots.
The Minneapolis Police Bike Patrol began patrolling the Midtown Greenway again for the warm weather months on Thursday.
A sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department is in jail Sunday night accused of assault, according to authorities.