Tamburino was interviewed by KSTP in relation to the frequency of robberies in Minneapolis and the city police department’s efforts to increase their patrol programs. He supported initiatives that would up the police presence in downtown Minneapolis.
The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association is a group of approximately 1,000 people who live in the city’s downtown area. The Association became especially concerned about increasing police patrols in the city following the 23 robberies that were reported downtown during the month of August. The robberies primarily occurred “between Third and Sixth streets, and Hennepin to Second Avenue between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.” Eighteen people have been arrested for their connection to the robberies — police reported that the offenders focused on people who were alone, drinking, distracted, or otherwise identified as “easy targets.”
The surge in robberies in the downtown area is inspiring the movement to increase patrols, partly because of the Minnesota Twins continuing baseball season. A high volume of people are expected to visit downtown Minneapolis to watch the Twin play in the coming months, and could be targeted by thieves.
A plan suggested by Mayor Jacob Frey would add 14 or more police officers to the Minneapolis Police Department, but are awaiting city council approval. Attorney Tamburino put it simply, “It’s great that they did these arrests, it’s great they got this robbery ring, it shows our city council needs to get behind our police department and getting at street crime. As soon as you address that problem, it’s going to be better in this part of town.”
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