Minneapolis is advising its residents to not to put up a fight and to cooperate with anyone who attempts to rob them.
Without the backing of city leaders, the Minneapolis Police Department has been stretched thin and is unable to deal with the surge in violent crime following the period of unrest that threw Minnesota’s most densely populated city into chaos.
In response to the rise in criminal activity, the city government released a letter advising residents on what to do in the event that they are targeted by criminals.
The letter, which was addressed to the city’s 3rd Precinct, states that the area has seen a sharp increase in violent criminal activity.
"Robberies and Carjacking's have increased in our precinct. Cell phones, purses, and vehicles are being targeted. Some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and threatened with a gun.”
"100 Robberies and 20 Carjackings have been reported to the 3rd Precinct Police in July alone," it continues.
Instead of committing to raising the police budget and allowing the police to respond to the rise in crime, the city advises residents to simply give in to the demands of carjackers and robbers and cooperate.
In a section titled “Robbery Prevention Tips,” the city says to “be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet.” It adds that victims should “not argue or fight with the criminal.”
“Do as they say,” it reads. “Your safety is most important!”
The advisory, which also has a section on “Carjacking Prevention Tips” does not include a guide on what to do in the event of a sexual assault or battery. One assumes that the same advice holds, as police cannot be expected to respond to the emergency and simply exist to record details after the crime has occurred.
Following the riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, the Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council has moved to defund the police department and come up with alternatives to traditional policing.