MPD adds more officers to downtown area after latest shooting

Updated: July 12, 2019 06:37 PM

After a man was shot to death Sunday in downtown Minneapolis, city and police officials are looking for solutions to take control of the area.

They're adding even more men and women in uniform, despite the increased patrols that were already added earlier this summer. Some sheriff's deputies will be out on ATVs, while Minneapolis police and Metro Transit police continue to combine forces to get more eyes and ears in the area.


There will be more than a dozen extra officers patrolling the downtown area, making the total anywhere from 14 to 18 officers, up from the extra four officers already on duty.

Sunday's shooting was the third homicide in downtown Minneapolis since Memorial Day weekend.

"We have to get the crime in check down here, really make sure people know it's safe to come down," said Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson. "It is safe to come down, but we have some problems."

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"We had a little bit of a challenging weekend last weekend," said Steven Cramer, president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. "[The sheriff's] just going to make a statement with his deputies that we're here to be part of a partnership to make sure downtown Minneapolis is as safe as possible for anyone who wants to enjoy our great downtown."

In addition to a heavier police presence, Hutchinson said officers be handing out resources to provide options for mental health and also homelessness, which will be important preventative work.

"You can hang out downtown ... but you gotta make sure you obey the law," said Hutchinson.

Big events, like the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four, brought on a need for more law enforcement partnerships, but it also gave officers time to implement more security protocols.

"The sooner people kow that we're out here, hopefully they A. get help from us, and B. don't commit crimes," said Hutchinson.

Data from MPD shows violent crime in the first precinct is up about 20 percent from last year. However, officials said the numbers are still looking a bit better than how it's been the past 15 years.

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