Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Violent Crime In Minneapolis Up 25.8%

Violent is crime is 25.8% from January to Sept 11, 2006, as compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, authorities are wondering what to do with Mr. 110 arrests, Terry Lee McMorris.

Mystery abounds.

Would it be a stretch to posit that an explosion of violence in Minneapolis, and the apparent need for authorities to solicit public input as to what should be done with a criminal who has been arrested 110 times with few obvious consequences might lead one to believe there is a dysfunctional public safety apparatus in Minneapolis and Hennepin County?

Obviously I'm not implying that criminal McMorris' 110 arrests/criminal career has led to violence (although we can't rule it out), but he clearly operates with a degree of impunity. Do you think that point is lost on the harder-core gangster thugs? I think not.

The evidence supports the theory that a culture of crime has been allowed to fester in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The leaders of those governmental units, including, but not limited to, Mayor Rybak and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, should be held accountable.

The Red Star reports: "Violent crime up in Minneapolis".

Minneapolis' violent crime rate continues to outpace that of 2005, but authorities said Monday that a recent crackdown on juvenile crime is slowing the increase.

The violent crime rate from January to Sept. 11, 2006, was 25.8 percent higher than the same period last year, according to Minneapolis police. That includes murder, robbery, aggravated assaults and rape. The increase from 2005 was as high as 60 percent in January and stayed above 30 percent for most of the year.
Apparently the silver lining in this report is that crime only increased 25.8%. Why, it could have been 60%!

Despite the reports of progress, every category of violent crime continues to show an increase over the same period of 2005. According to preliminary crime reports from the department, homicides are up 18 percent, rape is up 22 percent, robbery is up 29 percent and aggravated assaults are up 24 percent.
No matter how you try to whitewash it, these numbers are ugly.

The question is: will there be consequences for the leaders who brought us to this point?