'Rudderless' city government faulted for Minneapolis protest response after George Floyd's murder

An outside review of Minneapolisresponse to protests in the spring of 2020, 「ラダーレス, found widespread chaos and poor communication among city leaders that contributed to an unorganized police response to violent unrest that later spread across the country.

The mayor’s office failed to follow its ownwell written, comprehensiveemergency operations plan, the city’s Office of Emergency Managementminimally engaged in its coordination role,” and the city’s police and fire departments didn’t use the plan to guide their response, レポートによると, produced by Hillard Heintze, a security risk management firm.
Distrust that existed before the murder of George Floyd, レポートが追加されました, exacerbated already fractured relationships between police and the community.
      Cities across the country saw protests after Floyd’s death, ranging from peaceful marches to rampant property destruction and violent street fights between officers and rioters. Several cities launched after-action reviews of some sort, through inspectors general or other government review systems, or by outside law or security firms.
        I had never seen that kind of raw emotion as we saw in the streets, ミネアポリスで, シカゴ, デトロイト, ファーガソン, St. ルイ, all over the place, all over the world,” Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis city council president, CNNに語った. “そう, had we followed plans to the letter, I don’t think we would have necessarily had a better outcome. We would’ve definitely been able to feel confident we did all we can do. たった今, 明らかに, the report shows we weren’t able to do everything we should have done.
          The Minneapolis report mirrors others in noting that cities were surprised by the tenor of unrest, and that senior law enforcement and elected officials were wholly unprepared for protests, property damage and violence.
          フィラデルフィアで, A review found that the city だった “simply not prepared to address unanticipated mass protests coupled with civil unrest occurring in multiple locations throughout the city.
          Police in Chicago resorted to forming ad hoc groups to get downtown using public transit buses, and senior leadership said they didn’t have any reason to suspect protests because the Chicago Police Departmenthad not received any intelligence in advance which might have predicted them.”NS
          People sit on the street in front of a row of police officers during a rally in Minneapolis, ミネソタ, 5月に 29, 2020 ジョージ・フロイドの死後.

          ロサンゼルスで, a review found the city unprepared にとって “small groupsresponsible for violence among larger groups of protesters, and the police department’slack of adequate planning and preparationleft police in a reactive position.
          But the Minneapolis review went further. It faulted government officials at all levelsand the structure of the Minneapolis government itselffor the disjointed and chaotic response to protests that overtook the city after Floyd’s death, including a police precinct that was overrun by rioters and torched.
          The review found a “について” lack of documentation for patrol ranks who were using less lethal rounds on protesters. Poor management of the protests, the review added, contributed to the traumatization of residents, business owners, city workers and elected officials. その間, the report said residents felt abandoned by the city and had to resort to forming their own patrols to protect property.
          “[object Window] 18 月, community members are still deeply shaken, and emotions are still high about Floyd’s death and the events that followed,” フロリダのレストランの外での暴行後、UFCのスター、ホルヘ・マスヴィダルが重罪の疑いをかけられた. “Many community members and government officials, including members of the MPD, are awaiting answers to understand what went wrong with aspects of the City’s response to the protests and unrest and how to prevent violent unrest from occurring again.


          The report highlighted public disagreements between Minneapolismayor and Minnesota’s governor. Some interviewed by investigators thought city council members createdmore issues than necessaryby counteracting police actions and talking about abolishing the police. And some said city council members fed into rumors that created stress and fear among residents.
          The mayor hasalready directed staff to implement a plan for improving our emergency response process,” a spokesperson for Mayor Jacob Frey CNNに語った. “Trainings are underway, new structures are being put in place, and we are in routine contact with multi-jurisdictional partners to enhance communications and operational preparedness.
          Lisa Bender, city council president at the time of the unrest, そして Medaria Arradondo, chief of police during the unrest, weren’t immediately available to comment.
          Nine city councilors gathered in Powderhorn Park after the unrest and stood near anAbolish the Police” 符号. Then Bender said the group was committed todismantling policing as we know it in Minneapolis.With nine votes the city council would have a veto-proof supermajority of the council’s 13 メンバー, Bender said.
          Some of those interviewed said city council memberswere feeding into rumors and creating stress and fear in people,” そしてそれ “political differences played a part in slowing down the crisis management responses.
          The report also faulted Minneapolisstyle of government as contributing toinconsistentmessaging anda lack of information that the publicly desperately sought.The city had a unique structure that gave the city council and mayor shared oversight of most departments and the mayor command of the police department.
          We had mutual aid groups come up, neighborhood watch groups, we had neighbors and small business owners sitting in front of businesses with rifles and guns,” said Jenkins, the city council president. “It was a mess. Do I think that the report accurately depicts the challenges with our gov’t structure? I think it does.
          That structure became the subject of 18 months of political debate that resulted in voters having a chance to restructure government. In the days after the unrest, some elected officials began a campaign to split the police department from the mayor’s control, do away with a requirement to employ a minimum number of officers, and put control of any remaining police officers under a broader public safety department.
          Protesters hold up their fists as flames rise behind them in front of the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 ミネアポリスで, ミネソタ.

          Opponents waged a counter campaign, asking voters to give the mayor control of all city departments that were overseen by the city council and to reject the plan to reorganize the police department.
          Voters sided with the mayor, in what was locally seen as a referendum on the “警察を払い戻す” movement that came into national prominence because of the image of city councilors in Powderhorn Park.
          It is all the mayor’s problem now. But how do I tell that to my constituents? ‘Call the mayor?’ I can’t say that,” ジェンキンスは言った. “They’re not trying to hear that. They want to know what I’m going to do. But in reality it’s all the mayor, all on his plate now.

          ‘No direction, objectives or rules of engagement

          The report describes the Minneapolis Police Department as lacking consistent leadership, with morale affected by uneven rules enforcement and leadership capability among supervisors. It also depicts the department as lacking consistent standards, and hampered by Covid-19 in its ability to continue training for large-scale events.
          This contributed toangst among personnel in the field” WHO “desperately sought information, guidance and approvalsand found those calls went unanswered or delayed.The report noted that some officersoperated effectively in the chaos, にもかかわらず — and seemingly because ofthe lack of guidance they received.
          A meeting of police leaders occurred the day after the first violence, レポートによると, but it didn’t result in a command structure or plan for future protests. Some interviewed for the report thought the 2015 occupation of a police station by protesters, following a different fatal shooting by police officers, should have given police commanders reason to anticipate some civil unrest. だが “many supervisors and command-level MPD officers stated that generally, インクルード (police department) does not plan and rather just hopes for the best outcome.)”
          We should know who all had chemical weapons, who had less-than-lethal munitions, and even who used them,” ジェンキンスは言った. “There was no real command centers, even on incidents, that first day of not having a plan snowballed.
          The fire department’s attempt to bring in extra staffing was initially slowed by apassword issuethat didn’t allow them access to an internal mass communication tool to reach fire department members, レポートによると. それ以上, the system wasn’t kept up to date. This prevented leaders from bringing extra firefighters to work. They tried a phone tree, レポートによると, but it took so long that it was abandoned as shift-change time approached.
          時には, different city departments were monitoring city cameras, and in some cases a person would move one camera only to have it moved by someone else across the city. さらに, some officers were outfitted with protective gear police found leftover from the 2008 Republican National Convention, and officers often were working without.
          The lack of coordination and supervision contributed to confusion among lower-ranking officers and a breakdown in accountability, particularly pertaining to so-called 40-millimeter less-lethal rounds fired by police during the unrest, according to the review. It found that the less-lethal rounds were widely used, but there wasn’t good documentation for their use, which sometimes wasn’t compliant with policy. The degree to which officers complied with policy seemed to differ depending on whether they were with the SWAT team or patrol, though the review found violations with both.
          The report found that some field-level supervisorsreceived no direction, objectives or rules of engagementand absent some commander, “chain of command is lost. この “exponentially increase(d) the level of stress of officers standing on the line as they face angry crowds throwing objects at them and can lead to less desirable outcomes with those protestingit creates situations wherein officers act independently. Those independent actions may not align with any department policies or desired command-level objectives communicated to the field.
          When the time came to request the National Guard, investigators found that those making requests wereunfamiliar with the process,” and that caused a delay in the eventual approval. Mayor Frey, レポートによると, 作った “verbal request to the governorfollowed by a written request, but it lacked specific information germane to deploying guardsmen.
          Residents were left to news reports, group chats andinformal ad hoc neighborhood meetingsto get information about what was happening. Investigators heard from residents who saw rioters setting fires but had no guidance from the city about whether they should flee or stay sheltered in place.
            And through it all, the police department’s ability to respond to normal calls for service was severely hampered.
            The report describes an instance where a woman was stabbed in a Target parking lot. 警官が到着したとき, they had to form a perimeter around the victim, use gas and non-lethal rounds to keep a crowd back, and carried her to a police van on a flatbed cart. Officers took her to the hospital in the back of the van.