Ilhan Omar blames ‘dysfunctional’ police for Minneapolis violent crime spike

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Rape. Ilhan Omar, D-Min., blamed police for a recent increase in crime in Minneapolis, accusing city officials of not fulfilling his oath of office.

“We must also recognize that the current lack of policing in our city and the chaos that is happening in our city is due to two things,” Omar said during a town hall event in Minneapolis on Saturday.

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One of them, she said, is that “the police have chosen not to fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they serve citizens.”

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The MLA’s comment is as follows Violent crime on the rise in Minnesota Compared to the previous year, there was an overall increase of 17%, setting a record for murders.

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The state’s largest city, Minneapolis, has struggled with a boom, while its police department is plagued by staffing and morale problems following the death of George Floyd in the city, some say has led to a rise in crime. Others have pointed to a rise in unemployment and other stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that other large cities have experienced similar issues.

But Omar accuses it of being “useless” entirely on the shoulders of the city’s police department.

“The Minneapolis Police Department is one of the most dysfunctional in our state and probably in the country,” Omar said.

The Democratic lawmaker criticized the department for its lack of accountability, saying it is something that “doesn’t exist at the moment.”

“And I believe that the current charter we have in place binds the hands of those who want that accountability,” Omar continued. “We’re required to have a specific amount of policing. We’re mandated to have this kind of union contract, which you have now.

People protest the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd next to the US Embassy on June 1, 2020 in Paris, France.  (Reuters/Christian Hartmann)

I don’t know of any other large city in the state of Minnesota that has the charter that we have,” Omar continued.


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