US sees 710 additional homicides and 2,800 more shootings, attributed to ‘Minneapolis effect’

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With police departments across America under siege, pushed back on their heels by the oft-violent Black Lives Matter movement, the Democratic Party and their media allies, violent crime is “skyrocketing.”

That’s the assessment of Paul Cassell, a professor at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, who has dubbed the explosion of violence the “Minneapolis effect.”


The professor is the author of a recent research paper titled, “Explaining the Recent Homicide Spikes in U.S. Cities: The ‘Minneapolis Effect’ and the Decline in Proactive Policing.”

“I think what Minneapolis is seeing is the same thing we’re seeing all over the country,” Cassell told Fox9. “We’re seeing a reduction in proactive policing, and as a result of that homicide and shootings are skyrocketing all over the country.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported last week that violent crime “has surged to record highs” across the city.

Citing police statistics, the paper noted that Minneapolis “has logged 3,674 violent crimes — defined as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults — up 17% from the previous five-year average for this period.”

A July study by the nonpartisan National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice showed that cities like Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Detroit have seen spikes in homicides, aggravated assault and gun assaults this year.

Most of the cities seeing a significant jump in crime are Democrat-run.

“At this rate, 2020 will easily be the deadliest year in America for gun-related homicides since at least 1999, while most other major crime categories are trending stable or slightly downward,” the abstract of Cassell’s study reads.

The Black Lives Matter riots that took place after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis set off a chain of events, with police officers pulling back — which harms low-income communities the most.

“We are seeing a stop in proactive police — stop and frisk, vehicle stops, and things police officers have to initiate,” Cassell said.

Cassell said the end result is 710 additional homicides and 2,800 more shootings in the U.S.

And the professor attributes “several hundred” of the deaths directly to the siege on police.

“My estimates are that several hundred additional victims were murdered because of a reduction in policing,” Cassell said. “There are very significant trade-offs that need to be considered here that have truly life-threatening implications if they’re not handled carefully.”

With cities like New York City, moving to defund police by cutting their budgets, or otherwise redirecting funding to social services, this is having an impact as well.

“In the wake of the antipolice protests surrounding George Floyd’s death, less policing has occurred,” he wrote, saying “law enforcement capabilities have been diminished by reduced funding and other setbacks (such as increased retirements due to demoralization).”

Minneapolis voted to move $1.1 million in funding for the police department toward other safety and health services, resulting in the city council later expressing concern about the rise in violent crime.


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