Minneapolis, MN – A series of disturbing videos has been released that showed mobs of men beating and robbing people in downtown Minneapolis (video below).
Videos of three separate incidents were released, including one that happened in broad daylight right outside the Minnesota Twins’ stadium, FOX News reported.
That video showed a man being pummeled by a mob of people as he lay on the ground.
Then the robbers started running and jumping on their victim. Another man rode a bicycle over the man, the video showed.
The video showed the attackers took off the man’s pants and beat him with a belt.
The second video was equally disturbing, and showed two men being beaten outside of a steakhouse in the same general area.
The men tried to fight back but were outnumbered and overpowered, the video showed.
One of the men was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground but his attackers continued to kick and beat him.
A third video showed a man being surrounded by a mob, who then proceeded to beat him severely.
In all three instances, the attackers stole something from them while the victim was on the ground, the video showed.
The videos of the mob robberies were released at a time when Minneapolis police have already been stretched to their limit as the police force suffers a crippling shortage, FOX News reported.
Over the past year, there weren’t enough police officers on duty for police to immediately send officers to respond to 6,776 “priority one” emergencies.
A priority one call is assigned for “an imminent threat to personal safety, or the loss or damage to property exists," including shots fired, stabbings, and sexual assaults, FOX News reported.
Minneapolis police were also unable to respond to seven “priority zero” calls, including one for a baby that had stopped breathing and another for an officer in trouble.
FOX News reported that the Minneapolis Police Department’s website said priority zero calls were for “those situations where a known crisis exists that threatens the life of an individual. This is the highest possible priority and the fastest possible response is desired. The MECC objective is to have squads en route to the call within 30 seconds of receipt by the dispatcher.”
“To have to look someone in the eye and tell them that we were unable to get there because we do not have enough resources – it’s unacceptable,” Minnesota Police Chiefs Association President Andy Skoogman told FOX News.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has asked the city to put 400 more officers on the street over the next few years to make up for the shortage, but it’s not likely they’ll get anything close to that many.
The mayor, Jacob Frey, has proposed adding only 14 police officers to the force, FOX News reports.
But the city council has committed to even fewer than that.
Minneapolis City Councilmember Alondra Cano told FOX News in an earlier interview that the council acknowledged the crime crisis but felt investing in the department’s resources and diversifying the personnel was more important.
“I do appreciate that the mayor has put forward an investment strategy in our department because we can’t walk around with the same broken department since the 1950s,” Cano said. “We’re thankful that the information is out in the open. We would rather have a truthful conversation than pretend like this isn’t happening.”
Watch the three brutal beatings in the video below: