Minneapolis police backpedal statement that residents should obey criminals

Minneapolis police appeared to backpedal their previous assertion that citizens should obey criminals after sustaining broad criticism from high-profile political figures.

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) appeared to backpedal its assertion that citizens should prepare to relinquish their property to robbers and obey criminals via a statement sent to Alpha News Monday.

Last week, the MPD sent a mass email to residents of the city’s Third Precinct, warning them to “be prepared” to hand over their cell phones, purses, and wallets to criminals, who should be obeyed.

However, the department has now attempted to distance itself from the statement after it achieved notoriety, drawing criticism from countless commentators, activists, and lawyers as well as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump Jr.

MPD’s directive to obey criminals “appears to not have gone through the proper channels before release,” according to a statement from department spokesman John Elder.

“There is not a prescribed way to respond to being a victim of a crime. People have different capabilities and each incident is different,” he added.

The police spokesman also specified that Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was not responsible for his department’s previous email to the citizens of Minneapolis.

“Chief Arradondo later sent out a statement referencing the uptick in crimes in that area.  Chief Arradondo sent out an update on enforcement activities later that week. Chief Arradondo was not consulted nor did he send out the original message from the crime prevention specialist,” said Monday’s statement from the MPD.

This is the statement issued by MPD spokesman John Elder on the afternoon of August 3, 2020. (Image source: email/screengrab)

Alpha News requested clarification regarding the word “appears” in Elder’s statement, seeking to understand if MPD will ever confirm whether or not its previous statement was sent without proper authorization. Elder did not immediately respond, but an update will be published should he do so.