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City where George Floyd was Murdered Struggles to Recruit Police Officers

City where George Floyd was Murdered Struggles to Recruit Police Officers

The city of Minneapolis struggles to recruit police officers in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died as a result of police brutality.

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The murder of George Floyd caused the public to lose trust in the police, and the accompanying protests against police funding led to a major departure of officers. Since 2020 and up till now, this trust has not yet been restored, and Minneapolis has not yet filled hundreds of vacant positions.

Despite acknowledging the difficulty the city has in filling open positions, police spokesperson Garrett Parten said that only 57 people applied this year. The number has seen a decrease from 292 candidates in 2019.

Normally, a class can typically take up to 40 recruits, but the most recent class only had six graduates in September. Paten said that, “You can scream as loud as you want, ‘Hire more people!’ but if fewer people are applying, then it’s not going to change the outcome much.”

Paten also further said that the number of candidates making applications for law enforcement has decreased considerably in the United States. “Across the country, recruitment has become an issue. There’s just fewer people that are applying for the job,” Parten said.

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Resignations and Retirements Between 2019 and 2021

Resignations increased by 43% and retirements by 24% between 2019 and 2021. Also, overall hiring fell by 4%, according to the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum, which polled 184 police departments in the United States and Canada.

Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, unveiled a plan in August that would raise police funding and make room for the hiring of 800 new officers in the city. “Our city needs more police officers,” Frey said then.

The announcement came after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of some city residents who sued the mayor for failing to rehire the minimum number of police officers required.

In June, Peter Ginder, the Interim City Attorney, brought up the recruitment problem in court. “This is an unprecedented loss of people that is not readily replaced,” he said of t he police departure.

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Over the summer, he said, “Mayor Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the city are working in good faith to recruit and hire more community-oriented peace officers as rapidly as possible.”

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The City of Minneapolis Will Pay $700,000 for Damages

More than $700,000 will be paid by the city of Minneapolis to settle complaints that police used excessive force on protesters during the protests over the murder of George Floyd.

Members of the city council approved four different settlements on Thursday, with the largest payment going to a group of 11 Minnesotans and one Iowan. They said in a federal court class action lawsuit that while they were peacefully protesting Floyd’s murder, Minneapolis police targeted them with tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray.

On May 31, 2020, a semitrailer drove through a large crowd that was marching along the Interstate 35W bridge. The majority of the plaintiffs were in that crowd. Although nobody was seriously hurt, the lawsuit states that police prioritized the safety of the truck driver rather than checking to see if anyone was hurt.

A 60-page civil lawsuit claims that “MPD officers can be seen firing tear gas and pepper spray indiscriminately out of their squad car windows while driving through peaceful protests in yet another egregious instance of excessive force that was caught on camera.”

In a unanimous vote, the council decided to give each listed plaintiff in the lawsuit $50,000.

Legal action is still being taken against the cops involved in Floyd’s murder, including Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.

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