Minneapolis mayor vows to bolster police staffing, counter wave of youth-driven robberies, violence
Deputy Chief Amelia Huffman joined Frey at a Thursday news conference
December 17, 2021
Young offenders are primarily responsible for the wave of armed carjackings in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey and Deputy Police Chief Amelia Huffman said Thursday, laying out their response to one of the city's most violent years on record.
"We are seeing a tragic trend that has been unfolding especially among Minneapolis' youngest residents," Frey said at a news conference Thursday at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.
Minneapolis has identified 39 people under the age of 18 who have three or more arrests, while 29 have five or more, he said. Repeat offenders are responsible for 75% of robbery arrests, including carjackings, and they need to be held accountable, the mayor said.