Crime spiraling out of control
Crime in Minneapolis is getting out of control. Where is the outrage from community leaders? Police are being stabbed and attacked. Kids are being shot in the streets and in their homes. People are not even safe to pump gas now. All of these things are happening in broad daylight. The criminals are not afraid. Average citizens are afraid, and they are not engaged in "high-risk" behavior as defined by our mayor. I have to shout from the highest place I can find what the problem is:
Minneapolis has a dirty secret. The Minneapolis Police Department only has 282 uniformed police on the street to respond to 911 calls. The numbers are broken down by precinct:
- PRECINCT 1 -- 58
- PRECINCT 2 -- 48
- PRECINCT 3 -- 67
- PRECINCT 4 -- 59
- PRECINCT 5 -- 50
We need leaders that are able to make the tough decision. I will make the tough decisions. As only one vote on the council, though, I will be forced to take my message to the people if the rest of the council is unwilling to join with me. To pay for more cops we have a few options:
- Cut excessive fringe benefits for the City Council.
- Repeal the generous increases recently given to highly paid appointed positions.
- Cut the new city planners hired in the majors budget plan.
- Decrease MCDA corporate welfare by %5.
Vote Savage on September 13 in the primary elections to help us get there.