Minneapolis: Violent crime continues to decrease

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Violent crime in Minneapolis has fallen dramatically since 2005.
Minneapolis is "Murderapolis" no more.

The number of violent crimes in Minneapolis fell 6.3 percent last year from 2010, reaching a 28-year-low, according to statistics published today by the city.

In a press release, Mayor R.T. Rybak said: "For several years now, we have made critical investments in our police -- and for the fifth year in a row, violent crime in Minneapolis has fallen significantly compared to the year before."

The violent crime drop continues a half-decade trend. Since 2005, violent crime as a whole has fallen by 42 percent. Robberies have fallen 50 percent during the same time frame, and homicides have fallen 44 percent since 2006.

Recent crime news is not all good, however. Minneapolis was rocked by the death of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr., who was killed by a stray bullet on December 26. That tragedy has raised fresh concerns about gunfire in the city, particularly in the area of North where Mayes Jr. was killed.

And despite the violent crime decrease, property crimes were actually up last year. So-called Part 1 crimes, which include both violent crimes and property crimes, were up over 4 percent from 2010. Calls to the city seeking specific information about property crime rates in 2011 weren't immediately returned.

In the press release, City Council President Barb Johnson  nicely summarizes the state of crime in Minneapolis:
The strong partnership of police, prosecutors and community has produced these very good results for our neighborhoods. The recent, tragic death of three-year-old Terrell Mayes, however, reminds us how important it is to keep at this work and keep driving crime down. Even one violent crime is too many.

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Johnny
Johnny

The next step is to implement an Indiana-style 'castle doctrine' to restore the rights of people to defend themselves and their homes without being dragged across the coals by spineless assistant city attys.......

Anthonasty Ross
Anthonasty Ross

Yeah, cause Indiana is such a wonderful place to be.

No, I like the way the law is currently written, ensuring that a person is justified in using deadly force is both fair and civilized. Castle doctrines allow drunken gun nuts to shirk any and all responsibility.

Francescobernadone
Francescobernadone

And the number of permits to carry just hit a new high of over 91,000. Yay for law abiding citizens.

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

my message to any more criminals out there, I am no longer going to call the cops to do anything but pick up your dead body...

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

two weeks before that I was jumped by 3 hoodlums, after the brawl the police showed up and refused to even take a report...

Lenny
Lenny

I call bullshit on you.  Failing to take a report of a felony crime is serious violation.  If this happened as you says it happened, you could have a high dollar lawsuit againt the MPD and you could certainly have a complaint against the MPD sustained either by Internal Affairs or Civilian Review Authority.  You could also make a complaint to the Minnesota POST Board.  I believe you are not telling the truth about this alleged incident.

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

I call bullshit.  The MPD does this by refusing to take reports on crimes they deem not important.  After having my home broken into and being assaulted with a tire iron, I received a letter from the 5th precinct saying that the matter did not meet the criteria for investigative assignment...  O RLY?

Frank
Frank

I call bullshit on you.  Failing to take a report of a felony crime is serious violation.  If this happened as you says it happened, you could have a high dollar lawsuit againt the MPD and you could certainly have a complaint against the MPD sustained either by Internal Affairs or Civilian Review Authority.  You could also make a complaint to the Minnesota POST Board.  I believe you are not telling the truth about this alleged incident.

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

Ha, want to see the letter from the MPD?

Lenny
Lenny

If you got a letter it means a report was taken...they may not have investigated, but a report was taken, otherwise, for example, they wouldnt have had your address.  If the case is reported, the crime is counted in UCR.

amiller92
amiller92

Crime reporting is frustrating.  Here the news is good, but you can't resist the urge to slip in an implied, "Look out, you're three year old will be shot!" I realize that the Council President started it, but still.  The story here is violent crime is going down in Minneapolis, as it is across the country.

Benjamin CS
Benjamin CS

Very true. At yet still some people continue with the "barbarians at the gates" narrative.

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