Violent carjackings in Minneapolis spiked by more than 530% in November compared to last year, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
''The numbers are staggering,'' said police spokesman John Elder. ''It defies all civility and any shred of common human decency.''
The state has seen at least 375 car jackings this year, more than three times higher than all of 2019.
The report comes as violent crime has surged to record-highs in Minneapolis amid talks of cutting the Minneapolis police budget by nearly $8 million.
Homicides are up by 50%, with nearly 75 people killed across the city through November. There have also been 4,600 violent crimes, a five-year high.
Most of the killings have happened since George Floyd’s killing on Memorial Day.
''This notion that in order to have a more comprehensive public safety strategy you have to do away with one critical element, which is police, is wrong,'' Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told the Tribune on Tuesday. ''We are hearing from communities right now that they are looking for a 'both-and' approach.''
''This is literally a life and death matter right now and we need to get it right,'' he said.
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