Mayor pushing public safety reforms after 3 Minneapolis homicides in 1 week

Updated: August 16, 2019 06:18 PM

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is pushing his request to add more police officers after a violent week in the city.

Early Friday morning, MPD officers responded to reports of a shooting on the city's north side. Spokesperson John Elder said when officers arrived, they found who they believed to be an adult male who had been shot.

That victim later died at North Memorial hospital.

"I believe this is homicide number 22 for the year," Elder said during an early morning press conference. "I think that's up a little bit from last year, but certainly down from previous years."

Homicide investigators are also working on two cases from earlier in the week.

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On Monday night, police found a man dead on a bike path on West River Parkway. Hours later, officers discovered another homicide scene in northeast Minneapolis, where a male was found dead on railroad tracks.

Responding to the latest shooting, Frey called the violence "senseless" and said that the police chief is working with other surrounding departments to help curb the crime.

"I'll continue working to secure additional resources and officers to support their efforts," Frey said in a statement.

His comments come on the heels of his budget request to city council members, which would add 14 police officers to the force. During his budget address, Frey called it a start to improving public safety.

MPD said there are no suspects in custody after Friday's shooting. Elder said detectives are also working to solve the other two homicide cases.

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