Murderapolis: Center Of ‘Defund’ Movement Has Another Crime Surge

Center Of 'Defund' Movement Has Another Crime Surge
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 25: A sign reads Historic George Floyd Memorial outside of Cup Foods on May 25, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It has been two years since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Ninety-four people were murdered in Minneapolis last year, city crime data shows.
  • Minneapolis got the nickname “Murderapolis” in 1995 when the city had slightly over 94 killings that year.
  • Twin City St. Paul had 38 murders last year – a record high.
  • After the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd in May of 2020, city became a worldwide symbol of the police brutality, particularly toward black residents.
  • In response, the city became the epicenter of the “Defund the Police” movement, which fizzled last year with a decisive referendum defeat.

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