Broken window policing– a policy that encourages officers to prosecute as many small crimes as possible in hopes of preventing larger ones– has contributed to one of the lowest crime rates in Minneapolis in 30 years.
The same policy, however, has also led to more first time offender arrests and felony convictions that could potentially translate to heavy jail time. More minor infraction arrests coupled with the increased police presence, especially in neighbors in the North Side, has heightened the tension between residents and police.
Because of the rising number of arrests, the need for competent legal representation has never been higher. Whether wrongfully beaten and arrested by police, like this man or charged with a DWI like this man, citizen awareness regarding crime is essential.
So what can you do to increase your own awareness and reduce tension? Here are some tips.
- Remain aware of your surroundings. Over-vigilance isn’t necessary– but being observant can help you avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- If approached by a police officer, attempt to avoid conflict. Don’t escalate the encounter by being abrasive, using offensive language or accusing them of doing something wrong.
- Know your rights– if you are arrested, even in possession of a weapon or drug paraphernalia, do not answer any questions without an attorney present. If the police do not inform you that you are allowed to consult with an attorney, ask for one.
- If you encounter a crime scene, do not approach it. Simply call the police and wait for them to arrive.
We all want our city to be safe. We want to know that our homes and our families will be protected. We live in a country that promised us freedom in exchange for personal accountability. Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney is here to help those expectations become realities. contact us