Sarah McKenzie

City leaders unveil new strategies targeting violent crime


City leaders and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman unveiled new initiatives Friday targeting violent crime in Minneapolis, including a new police investigations team and prosecutor focused on repeat violent offenders. 

The new strategies come as the city has experienced a nearly 6 percent increase in violent crime and spike in homicides compared to a year ago. Arrests for violent crimes are up 13 percent compared to 2014.

Many cities across the country have experienced bigger increases in violent crime than Minneapolis, including Milwaukee, St. Louis and Baltimore. 


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