A group of downtown businesses and even the Minneapolis mayor seem puzzled by a council committee vote on Wednesday not to apply for federal funds to pay for new police officers in the city.
The Minnesota Appeals Court has ruled Minneapolis can’t operate Commons Park near US Bank Stadium, meaning the Minnesota Vikings will have to pay the Minneapolis Park Board from now on to use the area on game days.
In a joint press conference, leaders of the Mpls Downtown Council and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber called for an increased police presence downtown saying current crime levels are hurting downtown businesses.
Leaders of all four Minneapolis-based sports teams are using their collective voice to speak out about crime downtown. They hope city council members are listening and, at the very least, agree with the mayor's proposal to add 14 new officers to the force.