Murders, violent crime surged in Minnesota last year amid Floyd unrest

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Murders, violent crime surged in Minnesota last year amid Floyd unrest

Murders, violent crime and assaults on law enforcement reached record highs in Minnesota in 2020 — amid the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and riotous calls to defund the police, data shows.

The state recorded 185 murders in 2020 — a dramatic increase of 58 percent from a year earlier.

The grim tally eclipsed the previous high of 183 set in 1995 during the so-called “Murderapolis” era in the mid-1990s.

Eighty-two homicides were reported in Minneapolis, the state’s most populous city, followed by St. Paul, where 32 slayings were tallied.

Overall violent crime last year surged 16.6 percent throughout the state compared to 2019, while robberies increased 26.1 percent and aggravated assaults across jumped 21.7 percent. Arsons also rose by nearly 54 percent, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report.

State of Minnesota
Minnesota Crime Information - 2020
Homicide victim by age
The number of victims in the 18-35 group increased more than 60 percent from 2019 to 2020.

The sharp rise in violent incidents came amid unrest following the murder of Floyd, a black man, by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison in June.

Chauvin was caught on camera kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, leading to international protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

State of Minnesota
Minnesota Crime Information - 2020
Homicide victim by sex.
The number of male and female victims rose in 2020.

The report found that nearly 800 police officers were assaulted throughout the state in a record 667 incidents — an increase of 62 percent from 2019. No officers were killed, according to the report.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka blamed the distressing figures on Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis officials for their response to last summer’s unrest following Floyd’s killing.

“This is why you can’t go soft on crime,” Gazelka said in a statement.

A Protester hold a sign reading "Defund the Police" outside Hennepin County Government Plaza during a demonstration against police brutality and racism on August 24, 2020 in Minneapolis.
A protester outside Hennepin County Government Plaza in Minneapolis during a demonstration against police brutality and racism on Aug. 24, 2020.
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“It’s hard to see these numbers for arson, theft and assaults on police and wonder: Would it have been better if Gov. Walz stopped the riots right away last year?”

However, a spokeswoman for Walz said Gazelka held up a request by the governor to fully fund the State Patrol and other public safety measures.

Meanwhile, there was 31 police-involved shootings in 2020, up six from the year prior, according to the report.

State of Minnesota
Minnesota Crime Information - 2020
Aggravate assault 6742 in 2019 / 8203 in 2020  
murder  117in 2019 / 185 in 2020
rape   2431 in 2019 / 2222 in 2020
robbery 3081 in 2019 / 3885 in 2020.
The number of aggravated assault rose significantly last year in Minnesota.
State of Minnesota
Minnesota Crime Information - 2020
Homicide victim by race
The number of African American victims in Minnesota has gone up since 2019.

The report also tallied 45 use-of-force incidents involving cops resulting in serious injury or death.

Ten people were ultimately killed by Minnesota cops in 2020, including George Floyd, according to records tallied by the Star Tribune.

Nine people have been killed throughout the state by cops so far in 2021, the newspaper added.

State of Minnesota
Minnesota Crime Information - 2020
Homicides relationship to offender
A look at the relationship between the homicide criminal and how or if they knew their victim.
State of Minnesota
Minnesota Crime Information - 2020
Weapons used in committing criminal homicides.
Handgun 119
firearm 69
knife/cutting instrument 18
unknown 11
personal weapons-hands fist, feet 10
blunt object 6
shotgun 6
rifle 3
other gun 3
motor vehicle 2
other 1
Handguns were the main weapon used to commit the crimes in Minnesota.

State Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) said the statistics confirmed that “violent criminals are finding more victims” while a lack of accountability in the judicial system keeps residents unsafe.

Another lawmaker, Rep. Brian Johnson (R-Cambridge) proposed bringing in state authorities to high-risk areas in Minneapolis, as well as expanding the police force rather than defunding it.

With Post wires

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