Even as Minneapolis crime dips, gun violence still looms large

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo addresses the media.
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo addresses the media at City Hall, June 7, 2018, in Minneapolis.
Elizabeth Flores | Star Tribune via AP File

Violent crimes like homicide, assault and robbery dipped significantly in 2018 when compared to the same time period from the previous two years. Despite several weekends during this summer with multiple shootings, the number of people shot and wounded by gunfire has also decreased.

According to the latest data, 195 people have been shot so far this year in Minneapolis. That's down 30 percent from the same period in 2016.

Mayor Jacob Frey says the drop in crime is due in part to the efforts of police chief Medaria Arradondo.

"He's a real leader and I'm proud to support him," said Frey, adding that the chief has made particular strides in changing police culture and community relations with the department.

However, troubling trends remain. Police and community leaders say they are particularly concerned that young black men continue to be the most frequent victims of gun violence. Frey has vowed to put the city's money where its mouth is when it comes to public safety. The mayor has included $270,000 in his proposed 2019 budget for a gun violence intervention program which targets young people in crime impacted neighborhoods.

"One bullet being shot that kills somebody is too many," the mayor said.

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