“What we should additionally acknowledge is that the discount in policing at present in our metropolis and the lawlessness that’s occurring is because of two issues,” Omar stated throughout a city corridor occasion Saturday in Minneapolis.
One in all them, she stated, is that “the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of workplace and to offer the general public security they’re owed to the residents they serve.”
The lawmaker’s feedback come as violent crime has surged in Minnesota over the past yr, rising 17% in whole whereas setting information for murders.
Minneapolis, the state’s largest metropolis, has needed to struggle the surge whereas its police division suffers from staffing and morale issues after the dying of George Floyd within the metropolis, one thing some say has fueled the crime surge. Others have pointed to an increase in unemployment and different stresses introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that different giant cities have skilled comparable points.
However Omar pinned the blame squarely on the shoulders of town’s police division, accusing it of being “dysfunctional.”
“The Minneapolis Police Division is probably the most dysfunctional in our state and doubtless within the nation,” Omar stated.
The Democratic lawmaker blasted the division for a scarcity of accountability, saying that it’s one thing that “would not exist on this second.”
“And I do imagine that the present constitution that we’ve does tie the fingers of those that need need to have that accountability,” Omar continued. “We’re mandated to have a certain amount of policing. We’re mandated to have this sort of union contract, that you’ve got proper now.
I do not know some other large metropolis within the state of Minnesota that has the constitution that we’ve,” Omar continued.