State Will Boost Twin Cities Law Enforcement Following Chaotic July Fourth Weekend

Following a turbulent Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that resulted in several injuries, Minnesota’s state public safety department is expanding its presence in the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

In response to a recent uptick in risky criminal behavior and street racing over the past weekend, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Thursday announced that extra State Patrol troopers will be on the roadways in the Twin Cities.

According to many media outlets, a shooting occurred in Boom Island Park on Sunday night that left at least seven persons hurt. Boom Island Park is located just north of downtown. In the meanwhile, footage shared on social media showed roving groups firing fireworks at one other and occasionally at onlookers along the Minneapolis riverside while on foot and in automobiles.

In response to worries about violent crime, state public safety authorities claimed they had already allocated more resources to Minneapolis and the surrounding area this spring. A series of carjackings began to expand to the suburbs in early 2021, and Minneapolis reported a nearly record-breaking 96 killings in that year. A record 38 killings were committed in St. Paul last year.

Street racing will be fought with the 20 more troopers and additional air patrol capabilities that the patrol planned to send to the Twin Cities region on July 8 and 9.

According to a news release from Minnesota State Patrol Chief Col. Matt Langer, “The State Patrol has been providing significant resources to the Twin Cities throughout the summer, and that is what you will see again this weekend.” “The hazardous and illegal street racing that we are witnessing must end. To keep Minnesotans safe, the State Patrol will continue to put out great effort.

The Twin Cities metro area will receive more funding from the federal and state governments to tackle violent crime and lawlessness. The focus of federal prosecutors in Minnesota will now be on combating violent crimes like carjackings, of which Minneapolis saw more than 600 in 2021, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger’s announcement in April.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state’s criminal investigation agency, also said this spring that it would focus additional resources on the Twin Cities. On Thursday, it reported that it had made 171 arrests and collected more than 100 firearms since April. Until September, the 12 detectives and one analyst will continue to investigate gun crimes and killings in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the neighborhood, according to the BCA.

This year’s Minnesota legislative session focused heavily on public safety, but it came to a conclusion without any meaningful legislation being approved on the subject because the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-controlled House could not agree on a shared set of goals.

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